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VCU Archaeology

Virginia Voice in the Virtual Curation Laboratory

by Bernard K. Means

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Recently, I was interviewed in the Virtual Curation Laboratory by Lou Dean of Virginia Voice. According to their web site,

Virginia Voice strives to enhance the quality of life for individuals with disabilities who are unable to independently read print.  Volunteer readers share the gift of their voices so that our listeners will have access to current print material.  We are focused on keeping individuals connected to the people, places, events and news of Central Virginia and the world beyond.

Virginia Voice also hosts Lou Dean’s Discovering Virginia which provides original content of interest to the blind and visually impaired.  I sat down recently with Lou to talk about our work with the Virginia Historical Society to make their collections more accessible. As part of the interview, which you can download here, I focused on how transformative 3D scanning and 3D printing will be for people who cannot easily make it to a museum, and even if they do, a museum may have little content for which they can interact. Over the next few months, the Virtual Curation Laboratory will work closely with the Virginia Historical Society and other cultural heritage institutions to make the world’s heritage more accessible to all.  You can download a related interview featuring Andy Talkov, Vice President for Programs for the Virginia Historical Society, who is working closely  with 14-year-old Kim Drudge, who is blind, and the Virtual Curation Laboratory to develop and test accessible exhibits.

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