Foundations of Museum Studies: Evolving Systems of Knowledge, 1st Edition

  • Kiersten F. Latham
  • John E. Simmons
  • Published By: Libraries Unlimited
  • ISBN-10: 1610699521
  • ISBN-13: 9781610699525
  • DDC: 069
  • Grade Level Range: 9th Grade - 12th Grade
  • 168 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2015 | Published/Released January 2015
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2015

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Museums serve to help us understand the past and navigate our future-as individuals, as societies, and as a global community. A careful and accurate assessment of a museum's purpose is crucial to its ability to serve its users effectively. Foundations of Museum Studies: Evolving Systems of Knowledge offers a holistic introduction to museums and the study of them from the perspective of specialization in museum studies within the context of library and information science (LIS). The book strikes a balance between theory and practice, examining museums from a systems perspective that considers museums to be document-centered institutions-that objects are documents that generate and convey information, meaning, and inspiration. The authors utilize examples drawn from their experience with institutions in the United States that can be applied to museums across the world. Future museum professionals who read this book will have a broader perspective, an expanded skill set, and the adaptability to span the spectrum of traditional academic disciplines.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
1: Introduction.
2: Defining Museums (and Museum Studies).
3: The Origins of Museums.
4: How.
5: The Museum System.
6: Dimensions of Museums.
7: What.
8: Species of Museums: A Museological Bestiary.
9: The Meaningful Physical Resource.
10: Who.
11: Museum Workers.
12: Museum Users.
13: Where.
14: Contemporary Museums Around the World.
15: Why.
16: The Future of Museums.
About the Authors.