Libraries, Archives, and Museums Today: Insights from the Field

Libraries, Archives, and Museums Today: Insights from the Field

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Overview

This book offers insights into changes brought about by the enormous growth of the internet. There are new ways to share cultural heritage materials through online finding aids, exhibits, and other initiatives. What has been accomplished across libraries, archives, and museums? The authors consider that question by using case studies to explore activities in 14 libraries, archives, museums, and other heritage organizations. They consider what we can learn from current collaborations within and across libraries, archives, and museums and why some collaborations are successful while others cannot be sustained. Their findings are based on observations and interviews at institutions and organizations in the United States, Australia, and the U.K.

These organizations have worked to make their collections accessible. Some have simply digitized their collections, while others have enhanced their collection management systems. Others have incorporated digital asset management systems to organize and retrieve media, and to manage digital rights and permissions. Most of these institutions and organizations have succeeded through strategic partnerships, strategic planning, and insightful leadership. However, the book also contains examples of institutions that have undergone transitions: one of the museums closed, and another closed its library. Taken together, the fourteen institutions shed light on professional practices today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538125557
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/08/2019
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 198
Sales rank: 659,885
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Peter Botticelli is Assistant Professor at Simmons College School of Library and Information Science where he is program director for the Digital Stewardship Certificate. His current research interests are focused on digital preservation and the curation of digital exhibitions. Botticelli has A.M. and Ph.D. degrees in History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and an M.S.I. degree with a concentration in Archives and Records Management from the University of Michigan School of Information. His most recent position was at the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science, where he directed the School’s Digital Information Management (DigIn) graduate certificate program. Previously, he has held research positions at Cornell University Library, the University of Michigan, and Harvard Business School.

Michèle V. Cloonan is Dean Emerita and Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Simmons College. In 2012 she became editor-in-chief of Preservation, Digital Technology & Culture. She holds degrees from Bennington College, the University of Chicago, and the University of Illinois, from which she earned her Ph.D. She has published widely in preservation and the book trades. Her most recent book is Preserving Our Heritage: Perspectives from Antiquity to the Digital Age (2015). Her honors and awards include the 2010 Paul Banks and Carolyn Harris Preservation Award, from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, American Library Association. With Martha Mahard and Peter Botticelli she coordinates the Cultural Heritage Informatics concentration at Simmons.

Martha R. Mahard is a Professor of Practice at Simmons College School of Library and Information Science where she teaches courses in management of photographic archives, art documentation, cultural heritage informatics, and digital preservation. She holds a Doctor of Arts in Library Administration from Simmons and degrees from Barnard College and Tufts University. Before joining the Simmons faculty, she worked in the Harvard University Library system for many years. She is the co-author, with Ross Harvey, of the Preservation Management Handbook: A 21st Century Guide for Libraries, Archives, and Museums (2014).

Table of Contents

Foreword, Joyce Ray Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Part I. Strategies for Small, Independent Institutions with Few Resources Chapter 1.: The American Antiquarian Society: Digital Asset Management in an Independent Research Library, Peter Botticelli Chapter 2. The History Project: Increasing Access to LGBT History in Boston, Samantha Strain and Peter Botticelli Chapter 3. Historic New England: Building a Complex Infrastructure, Peter Botticelli, Martha R. Mahard, Michèle V. Cloonan, and Brett Freiburger Chapter 4. The Maine Memory Network: A Statewide Collaboration, Peter Botticelli and Emeline Dehn-Reynolds Part II. Collaboration within and across Institutions Chapter 5. The American Archive of Public Broadcasting: Media Access and Preservation, Peter Botticelli, Bryce Roe, and Lily Troia Chapter 6. Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections: Exploring New Media in the Archive, Peter Botticelli Chapter 7. The Museum of Modern Art: A Cross-Institutional Collaboration, Peter Botticelli Chapter 8. The Boston Public Library: An Effective Strategy for Advancing Digital Access, Peter Botticelli Part III. Strategic Use of Resources Chapter 9: The Victoria and Albert Museum: Collaboration for Better Access, Martha R. Mahard Chapter 10: The National Library of Australia: Digital Assets as a Driver for Change in a National Library, Ross Harvey and Jaye Weatherburn Part IV. Institutions in Transition Chapter 11: The Leviathan Library and Archives at the Jackman Museum of Modern Art: The Impact of Changing Priorities, Michèle V. Cloonan Chapter 12: The American Textile History Museum, 1960-2018: A Museum That Lives on Through its Collections, Michèle V. Cloonan Chapter 13: Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum: Divergent Visions, Michèle V. Cloonan and Martha R. Mahard Part V. Culturally Sensitive MaterialsChapter 14: Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Peter Botticelli Conclusion Appendix: Interview Questions

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