I have worked with the Archives of American Art for a few months with their social media accounts, and my experience has been interesting. Since I do not have a background in art, my main challenge has been familiarizing myself with the institution and their collection. This was not particularly difficult because they have already digitized a large amount of their collection All I really needed to do was peruse their website and various social media accounts to get an idea of what they have and the types of posts they distribute.
One of the things that I have enjoyed is going through a series of oral history transcripts for quotes to create posts for social media. Most of the interviews discuss an artist or photographers’ life story, how they started in the art field, and some of the reasoning that went into the creation of their art. I am fascinated by some of the stories these artists tell. Some days I get so engrossed that I spend too much time with the one project.
Since all of my projects are done via the Web, I feel that I am connected to them even though my role is virtual. The only real concern I have is ensuring that I am completing everything in a timely manner. My mentor has had a Trello board set up with my tasks from the beginning, so keeping track of what to work on during a given period is completely on my end. Communication between the department and myself is quick and everyone is open for email, so I don’t have any issues there.