Though museums are closed, the work continues

first_imgIn the days since the pandemic sent Harvard’s museums online, many have been sharing their offerings with the public through virtual tours, talks, and gallery displays.But behind the scenes, staff members across the network have pivoted from their normal duties in curation, collections management, and conservation to the enormous task of updating, adding, and editing data for millions of items housed in University collections, efforts that will prove invaluable for those doing research in them.“This is where the work that’s been going on for so many years to digitize museum collections and records is really paying off,” said Jane Pickering, William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography, noting that the Peabody and other institutions such as the Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Museum of the Near East have recorded lectures, conducted digital programming, and made images of artifacts available to the public for years.At the Peabody, staff sprang into action from home to expand and refine the museum’s digital database of records for 750,000 artifacts. Almost half of the 50-member team trained to work on the project, called Remote Access Data Verification and jointly run by the collections management and curatorial teams.From their homes, the Peabody Museum’s staff was able to expand and refine worked the museum’s digital database of records for 750,000 artifacts. Jane Pickering is the William and Muriel Seabury Howells Director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnography. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard file photoThe group has been working to build out the information, including geographical and contextual data, on items from Panama, objects created by indigenous artists and makers in North America and Oceania, and a European archaeological collection excavated by Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin, Germany.The initiative will be particularly helpful for researchers who may not have access to physical museum resources for months. One example is the detailed and corrected evidence of object histories that enables researchers to connect them to an original source, a process that would have required on-site access.Despite the change in focus, some tasks continued unabated after the evacuation of campus, including faculty support and resources for courses and student research.From her home in Hyde Park, N.Y., history and literature concentrator and museum student worker Keziah Clarke ’20 kept up her research assignments for Museum Curator of Visual Anthropology Ilisa Barbash for the forthcoming book “To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes,” co-published by the Peabody Museum Press and Aperture, and a planned complementary exhibition.“It’s really interesting work looking at photography and the interconnecting areas of art and science and racism in America,” said Clarke. “Working has helped me stay focused, and I’m really grateful to be able to work during this time.” “These resources are already up and running and available for people who want them, even though they were created well before we ever expected that we would need to use them in this manner.” — James Hanken, Director of Museum of Comparative Zoology Current plans include circulating print collections from single location, resuming Scan & Deliver service Related Harvard Library takes steps toward reopening Harvard museums temporarily closecenter_img To prepare for a long period of working from home, curatorial staff at the Museum of Comparative Zoology brought home as many paper files on the museum’s zoological specimens as they could, and began to input and update information in MCZbase, the museum’s extensive digital database of records for around 10 million specimens — about half of the total number of objects in the collection.The database includes images, geographical and species information, and 3D models. The museum is also in the midst of a larger initiative to link its information to other collections databases around the world.“These resources are already up and running and available for people who want them, even though they were created well before we ever expected that we would need to use them in this manner,” said James Hanken, director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology, curator of herpetology, Alexander Agassiz Professor of Zoology, and professor of biology.Hanken noted that museum staff had to pause the process of taking 3D computed tomography scans of skeletons and images of specimens for the MCZbase while away from campus. But, he said, “Typically, only a portion of the workday for curatorial staff is spent attending to the database, but the campus evacuation has restricted the range of other things they can do, and as a result [this] is something they can focus on.”The pause affected curators’ offered new opportunities to reimagine pedagogical practices using the online offerings.“On the one hand, this has hit us hard because we can’t physically access the specimens we use in research and teaching. On the other hand, because so many of our past activities have emphasized digital data and digital representations of these specimens, conversely we’ve been able to successfully make this transition,” said Hanken. “I won’t say it’s painless, but we have the materials already available that allow us to continue our scholarship and our teaching.”Pickering noted that many of the staff members are working outside of their areas of expertise to continue to educate and support scholarship.“I think it’s a really great example of staff coming together and thinking about what it means to be in this new situation, [and] to continue the critical work of the museum even when we’re not in the building,” she said. “It’s been a really wonderful thing to see. People think of our shuttered institutions, but the museum work continues.”Programming staff at The Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, which comprises the Collection of Historical Scientific Instruments, Harvard Museum of the Ancient Near East, Harvard Museum of Natural History, and the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, utilized the resources of six different Harvard collections and, in April, launched HMSC Connects!, an initiative that expands online educational activities.“I won’t say it’s painless, but we have the materials already available that allow us to continue our scholarship and our teaching,” said James Hanken, director of the Museum of Comparative Zoology. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard file photoIn addition to existing online resources such as exhibit videos and tours, and live-streamed and recorded lectures, the team launched “HMSC Connects! Families,” an email newsletter of museum resources to help children and parents with at-home activities focused on nature and culture, including language mini-lessons, a seed sprouting tutorial, and a weekly Nature Story Time session. They also started the HMSC Connects! Podcast, a weekly behind-the-scenes look at the research and collections at the museums, and an Instagram-based Explorer’s Club, and planned a digital version of the popular Solstice events held in June ever year.“What this [situation] has forced us to do is look more broadly and deeply at how we can still connect with our audience and build upon what we’ve already been doing in a much more thoughtful way,” said Janis Sacco, director of exhibitions at HMSC. “We’re engaged and feeling like we’re building something together and creating something we can all be proud of. I think it will make us a stronger institution.”Jeff Steward, director of digital infrastructure and emerging technology at the Harvard Art Museums, praised his staff for adapting quickly to changes in their workflow and tasks after moving online. Like their colleagues across the campus museums, the staff turned their attention to building out online stores of information for the roughly 250,000 objects in the museum’s collection.“We were in a good place because over the past 10 years or more we had put so much effort into being ‘digital first,’” said Steward. “Our staff is largely mobile to begin with, and we’re in this moment where our data is being enriched by more people on our staff than I could have ever imagined.” Doors will shut there, elsewhere Friday as precaution against COVID-19 spread After training on data entry cataloging standards with collections information and database specialist Kathleen Kennelly, each staff member started researching his or her assigned pieces and adding biographical and contextual information using an internal database system accessible only to museum staff. The information is used to populate a different, public collections database on the HAM website, where visitors can read biographical and acquisition information about pieces on display and in storage at the museum. The information refreshes daily and links to other resources like the Getty Union List of Artist Names database.“A collections database, in the best situations, can be used as the single source of truth for information about a collection,” said Steward. “This is a highly collaborative and distributive effort, and it’s a big undertaking for any museum to build a catalog” that incorporates art historical scholarship, conservation information, and proper visual descriptions for scholarly and accessible use.last_img read more

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3 tips to become a master delegator

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Identify your key areas of focus, then delegate the rest.by: Laurie J. Maddalena, MBA, CPCC, PHREarlier in my career, when I was first promoted to HR director, I remember my boss telling me that my promotion came with a lot of changes. I would no longer be assessed just on my technical expertise. My success would be evaluated on my leadership abilities and how my team performed. This was a challenge for me, as I enjoyed being a problem solver and technical expert. When an employee had a benefit question, I could answer it off the top of my head. When there was a payroll issue, I felt accomplished when I could figure out the discrepancy. Yet this all changed when I was promoted. I was now expected to coach and train my staff to take care of these issues while I focused on more strategic, long-term projects.Many leaders struggle to make the leap from manager to leader because they fail to realize that the value they bring to the organization changes when they are promoted. When most managers are promoted, they continue the activities they did in their previous role and take on some additional duties like performance evaluations and answering staff questions. But to be a successful leader, a big shift has to occur. You need to make sure you are not confusing your expertise with your value. As an HR generalist, the value I brought to the credit union was my human resources expertise. But as an HR director, my expertise was less important. Different competencies like influencing, coaching and delegating were required to be successful. This was a big mental shift for me, and one that didn’t happen easily. continue reading »last_img read more

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Cricket News India vs Australia, 3rd ODI highlights: MS Dhoni and Jadhav fifties give Kohli’s side historic 2-1 series win

first_img 09:26 (IST) Kedar Jadhav concedes 15 runs in his fifth over while Ravindra Jadeja concedes eight runs in his second over. Australia are making a move on. Time to get Yuzvendra Chahal in? Jadhav is still continuing. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:52 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 07:40 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 07:10 (IST) Kohli survives a direct run-out chance as he continues to make solid progress. Australia are unable to dislodge King Kohli and India will be praying that he can guide them over the line in a chase. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In MS Dhoni, you fabulous legend. He blasts a four down the ground and Kedar Jadhav also gets a boundary. Scores are tied now. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav! Take a bow. Jadhav launches a full ball over long on and India have sealed history. They become the second team after South Africa to win a series in all formats Down Under. If 2008 under Dhoni was special, then the Test and ODI series victories in 2018/19 are simply historic and mind-boggling. Congratulations, Virat Kohli and team. Rohit Sharma falls to a great catch as Peter Siddle gets a delivery to straighten and the edge flies to Shaun Marsh. However, Dhawan and Virat Kohli have steadied the ship wth a good partnership. 07:34 (IST) 15:09 (IST) 16:08 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Dhoni smashes a boundary straight down the ground and the MCG has found it’s voice all over again. Brilliant batting. India need these two to get them over the line. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 12:32 (IST) Yuzvendra Chahal is the Man of the Match for his haul of 6/42. Chahal says, ” I enjoyed bowling for the first time in Australia (internationals). The ball was spinning a little bit, so I planned to bowl slow and vary my pace.”  11:23 (IST) Maxwell is turning the tide for Australia with a couple of boundaries off Chahal. Australia need a big innings from the Big Show Aaron Finch, Australia skipper: Our batting in the first couple of games was very good. Maybe we should have set our targets lower on those sort of pitches. 15:38 (IST) 09:51 (IST) And we are back again. One hopes that the rain stays away now for some time. Bhuvneshwar Kumar to resume and can he get Aaron Finch for the third time? 06:46 (IST) Virat Kohli: Kedar with bat and ball is always handy. Chahal bowled really well. It’s been an amazing tour for us. We drew the T20 series, won the Test and the ODI series. We are feeling confident and balanced as a side with the World Cup in mind 09:59 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In A hat-trick for Bhuvneshwar. Hat-trick in getting Finch out in the series that is. For the third time, Bhuvi gets his man. It is the inswinger, the delivery that has troubled Finch all summer and he plays across the line yet again to get trapped in front. Ends a poor summer for the Australian skipper and he can now feel the axe coming soon. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Only one run in the final over bowled by Adam Zampa. He finishes with figures of 10-034-0 but India need 52 off 36 balls. Dhoni is just waiting for the moment to unleash. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Third umpire is called in for a run-out against Kedar Jadhav. Dhoni blasted a full ball outside off but Aaron Finch spilled the chance.  14:55 (IST) That is all from us here. Join us on January 23 for the series against New Zealand. That, I can assure you, will be far more competitive. CONFIRMED! Vijay Shankar will make his ODI debut today. Proud moment for the Tamil Nadu all-rounder.  Australia are bowling well to MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav. However, unless the former India skipper is there, they will not rest easily. On a sluggish pitch, a low score is shaping up to be a thriller. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Dhoni and Kohli’s partnership has gone past fifty. This is great batting from the duo. Appeal for an LBW as Peter Siddle gets the delivery to nip back in sharply off the deck. Rohit Sharma plays down the wrong line and gets hit on the pad, the umpire says not out and Australia review. Replays show the ball is clipping middle stump but it is umpire’s call. Australia retain the review but Rohit survives. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In MS Dhoni is the Man of the Series. He says, “No point going after the bowlers who were bowling well, so we wanted to take it deep and that was the plan. Kedar did a great job in executing” 10:36 (IST) 14:18 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 10:23 (IST) 14:27 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:01 (IST) 10:40 (IST) 15:29 (IST) MS Dhoni is once again guiding India and blunting the Australian attack? Is criticism of him still valid. Here is a flashback 07:25 (IST) MS Dhoni gets a crucial boundary off Stoinis but India still need 44 off 30. They need one big over. Stoinis will bowl two but who will bowl the remaining overs? 14:04 (IST) 09:46 (IST) WICKET! Shikhar Dhawan looks to drive a full ball but Stoinis shows great reflexes to take the catch. However, next ball, MS Dhoni cuts a short ball to point where Glenn Maxwell, off all people, spill the chance.  GONE! Massive wicket. This is the one Australia wanted. Full ball from Jhye Richardson outside off, Kohli plays away from the body and pokes at it and the edge is taken by Alex Carey.  13:35 (IST) The boundaries have dried up and Dhoni seems to be getting bogged down. Australia are slowly applying the pressure. Maybe, it was a right move to send Kedar Jadhav ahead of Dinesh Karthik. Six runs off just one ball and India have regained the advantage. Kedar Jadhav is playing a blinder. 14:45 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Ravindra Jadeja is into the attack now but Shaun Marsh continues to be in great form as he pulls a short ball to the deep midwicket fence for a boundary. The partnership between Khawaja and Marsh is building again. 13:21 (IST) 16:23 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Three consecutive boundaries by Aaron Finch off Bhuvneshwar. This is an interesting tussle going on between the two players.  10:58 (IST) 11:50 (IST) The partnership between Marsh and Khawaja is nearing 100. A good partnership will be key as Australia aim to make good progress. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 11:38 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 15:24 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Nine runs in the over bowled by Peter Siddle. India are still in the hunt and Kedar Jadhav is nearing fifty. 11:30 (IST) 10:06 (IST) Chahal, you beauty. Takes his fourth wicket and Australia are seven down. Jhye Richardson looked to flick a flighted delivery but Kedar Jadhav at mid wicket takes the catch. CATCH DROPPED! That is a rare sight. Kedar Jadhav pushes a flatter delivery through and Marsh edges it, however, Dhoni has dropped the catch.  Brilliant from MS Dhoni. Hits his 70th fifty and third in this series. Until he is there, India have a great chance of creating history. A warm welcome to the third and final ODI between India and Australia at the MCG. The Melbourne Cricket Ground saw India creating history in December when they won the Boxing Day Test by 137 runs to ensure they retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Now, almost a month later, can they script yet another fairytale and win an ODI series for the first time?  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 07:16 (IST) 15:48 (IST) MS Dhoni survives a review as there is an appeal for an LBW. The ball was going over the stumps and Australia have lost their only review. This could be crucial. Jhye Richardson has finished his spell and India need 27 off 18 balls. Now will be the right time for Dhoni to finish his spell as Siddle does not have many variations. Stoinis and Siddle to finish it off. Or will they risk Maxwell? Six wickets for Yuzvendra Chahal and he ends his spell with figures of 10-0-42-6. Sensational spell of bowling and he now has the best figures by a spin bowler at the MCG.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 15:44 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:14 (IST) The spinners are getting through their overs very quickly. Australia are struggling to get the run-rate going. With only Glenn Maxwell left, they are caught between attack and defence. 10:19 (IST) 07:01 (IST) Chahal gets his third wicket, Rohit Sharma takes a brilliant catch. The delivery pitches on leg and spins away sharply, Marcus Stoinis pokes at it and Rohit takes a brilliant diving catch at slip. Australia in deep trouble. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Bhuvneshwar has come back into the attack as Australia look to get the wicket of Peter Handscomb, who is nearing a fifty. Can India run through the tail? Aargh, this is very frustrating. After two balls, the players are heading back into the pavilion as the rain comes back. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In For Australia, they will be determined to break their rut in bilateral ODI series, having not won a series since Pakistan in 2017. In 2018, they won just three ODI games. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 14:30 (IST) Patrick Farhart is attending to MS Dhoni as he is experiencing some discomfort in the groin area. India need 60 off 54 balls. The last thing India need is for Dhoni to retire hurt. 08:01 (IST) Another one falls! Usman Khawaja looks to turn this legbreak to the leg side and he gets a leading edge which is gleefully accepted by Chahal. Australia in deep trouble now. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:40 (IST) Mohammed Shami cleans up Billy Stanlake and Australia have been bowled out for 230 all out with Yuzvendra Chahal taking 6/42. Brilliant stuff from India and they need 231 for a series win. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar are bowling in tandem now. India are hunting for more wickets. 09:05 (IST) 08:50 (IST) For India, will they hand a debut to Vijay Shankar and give a game to Kedar Jadhav? Or will they persist with the same team? Shikhar Dhawan did mention that Hardik Pandya’s absence had hurt the balance of the side and they were looking to rectify it. 11:46 (IST) It was just a short rain delay and the players are out in the middle. Bhuvneshwar Kumar will open the bowling and Alex Carey and Aaron Finch are out in the middle. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:02 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Usman Khawaja gets going by pouncing on a short ball from Shami to the deep point fence. Finch is looking in good touch.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 11:07 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Peter Handscomb has hit a fifty and he is keeping Australia afloat in the game. Can they reach 250?  16:31 (IST) No overs have been lost due to the rain break. However, the lunch time has been reduced by 10 minutes, so it will only be a 30-minute break. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In The covers are coming on and the umbrellas are out in the middle. The start is definitely delayed now as the MCG is covered up. 13:52 (IST) 08:24 (IST) Glenn Maxwell pulls Chahal and Jadeja for a couple of boundaries as Australia look to release the pressure. However, one more wicket could spell doom for the Australians, who have a long tail. Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Here are the playing XIs of both sides. Lots of changes in both campsAustralia: Alex Carey(w), Aaron Finch(c), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Billy Stanlake, Peter Siddle, Adam ZampaIndia: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli(c), MS Dhoni(w), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Vijay Shankar, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal 15:51 (IST) 07:50 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 08:28 (IST) Kohli gets going with a couple of boundaries off Billy Stanlake as India remain on course for a win. Australia trying really hard to break this stand. Peter Handscomb holds the key now. However, with not many attacking options, Australia might struggle in the death overs.  16:29 (IST) 16:30 (IST) Brilliant stuff from Yuzvendra Chahal. He pushes a quick and straight delivery through and Handscomb plays down the wrong line. The ball is missing off and leg stump and hitting middle. The review is confirmed. Virat Kohli has chosen to bowl in Melbourne. Three changes in the side. Vijay Shankar replaces Mohammed Siraj while Yuzvendra Chahal replaces Kuldeep Yadav. The other change is Kedar Jadhav in for Ambati Rayudu. Australia have replaced Nathan Lyon and Jason Behrendorff with Adam Zampa and Billy Stanlake. 14:00 (IST) Spoke too soon. Shaun Marsh was looking good on 39 as he dances down the track and attempts to whip Yuzvendra Chahal to the leg side, he misses and MS Dhoni effects the stumping. Consider you are gone when MS does the stumping.  The toss has been delayed due to a drizzle. However, if there is no further rain, the toss will happen at 7:35 AM IST which is 10 minutes away. 09:31 (IST) 10:01 (IST) 13:29 (IST) The partnership between Jadhav and Dhoni has reached 100. The stage is set now for an epic finish. India need 14 off 12 balls. Jadhav hits his fourth fifty New Delhi: MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav blasted fifties as India created history by winning the Melbourne ODI by seven wickets and winning a bilateral series for the first time Down Under. Dhoni’s third consecutive fifty and Jadhav’s fourth fifty resulted in a 100-run stand for the fourth wicket and India became the second team after South Africa to win a series in all formats in Australia. Earlier, Virat Kohli chose to bowl in the deciding game. Bhuvneshwar Kumar got the early breakthroughs by getting the openers out cheaply. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh tried to stitch a solid stand but Yuzvendra Chahal got both Marsh and Khawaja in quick succession. Peter Handscomb got his third fifty but the rest of the bowling fell to the guile of Chahal, who took career-best figures of 6/42, the best-ever by a spinner in Australia . (SCORECARD) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In Oh boy! This is very interesting. Dhoni sashays down the track to Jhye Richardson and misses the slog. No Australian appealed for a catch. Big mistake as Hotspot showed an inside edge. That would have been so much interesting. Dhoni has a reputation of being a walker but in this case, no spirit of the game, folks. All is fair in a game of cricket.  Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:35 (IST) WICKET! Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the master of the early strike, does it again. Short of a length ball angled across and bit of away movement as well, Carey pokes away from his body and gets an outside edge that is taken low at gully by Virat Kohli diving forward. Superb effort. 15:58 (IST) Facebook Twitter Whats app Linked In 16:33 (IST)last_img read more

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