Images on Museum Websites: Examining the Disconnect between User Expectations and the Current Reality

Patrick Cox, H-NET President-Elect and Editor's picture

Greetings!

We are delighted to begin a new forum today in collaboration with Shift: Graduate Journal of Visual and Material Studies. 

In this first iteration, Shift co-editors Andrianna Campbell and Rachael M. Wilson have selected one article they have received in that past year and, with the author's consent of course, are publishing it here on H-Material-Culture. In addition, they have invited authors in the current edition of Shift to prepare responses to the piece. The first of those is posted as the first response and more will be posted over the next month.

But this isn't just for Shift authors! This is an open forum and H-Material-Culture's erudite subscribers are invited to contribute their own responses. As you'll see, the central article, "Images on Museum Websites: Examining the Disconnect between User Expectations and the Current Reality" by Sarah Vela, a graduate student at the University of Alberta, deals with the interplay of museums and academic research in the digital age, an important area for many here who I expect will find much to appreciate and comment on in Vela's analysis.

H-Material-Culture is happy to collaborate like this with Shift and I thank their editors and authors for agreeing to engage with us in this way. I know they will be happy to be engaged with and I hope we all find this a productive and enjoyable discussion. 

Without further ado, here is the starting piece in our first forum.

 

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