Title A handbook for academic museums : exhibitions and education / edited by Stefanie S. Jandl and Mark S. Gold.
Published Edinburgh ;Boston : MuseumsEtc, 2012
Detail 743 p. : ill. ; 22 cm
Abstract "Academic museums share a unique mandate: they are partners in education. As such, they have evolved intandem--and not always easily--with their parentorganizations. They can often pursue their missions ininnovative ways, address controversial topics, produceunorthodox exhibitions, and have the freedom toexperiment. But they operate within a challengingadministrative structure--a two-tier environment in whichoperations, planning, governance, administration,financial support, and fundraising can all become morecomplex. And in recent years, some colleges anduniversities have questioned the very need to maintain amuseum, while others have attempted to monetize artcollections to raise capital. This pioneering 750-pagebook brings together in one place as much good, currentthinking as possible about the opportunities and issuesunique to academic museums. Wide-ranging and committed,this is a collection of essays written about, by, and forthe community of academic museums. Above all, they areintended as a practical resource for that community. Theauthors were charged with sharing useful information:strategies, best practices, mistakes made, lessons learned,what worked, what didn't, and why. This book offers thecombined wisdom of the profession for the benefit of itspractitioners."--from the publisher
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