Library and Museum Partnerships: A Review of the Literarure

I apolozize for the delay in posting my last few thing for class, but I ran out of time a few weeks ago and then I had some things that kept me away from the computer.

The final topic in Museums and Librareis as Cultural Heritage Institutions was Library and Museum Partnerships.

Bell’s article was on how libraries and museums promote learning. It disscussed the connection between the Appleton Mueum and Central Florida Community College. The author was in support of community colleges and how they build a sense of community for students. However, I found the political disscuss in the article distracting.

Kaltwasser wrote a very interesting article on the common roots of libraries and museums in 16th century Germany. I found the topic fascinating and it made me want ot visit Germany to see the libraries and collections disscussed.

Lavender, Nicholson, and Pomerantz disscussed digital reference questions in regards to special collections. They analyzed the types of questions and found that general reference questions were different from special collections reference questions. Therefore, they said, collaborative servics for general reference questions are not suited for special collections reference questions. I found the analysis utterly boring as I always do, numbers and satistics are just not my thing.

Pijeaux’s article on collaboration at Birmingham’s Civil Right’s institute talked about the efforts made there to collaborate wtih other institutions and brought up some excellent points.

Rodger’s article focused on collaboration between libraries, museums, and public broadcastors for lifelong learning. I found the collaborations between museums, libraries, and radio and television very interesting.

William’s article disscussed several special community collections. It talked about the Katrina Research Center which holds personal memoirs, journals, poems, news stories, transcribed oral interviews, home movie footatage, photographs, and ephemera are all part of the Center’s collection. The article disscussed 4 projects that documented the communtiy history of several local communities and the lessons learned from them. The projects detailed here were great examples of collaboration.

Finally, Yakel, Conway, Hedstrom, and Wallace talked about digital curation at the University of Michigan. They disscussed the education of digital archivists and curators through courses, internships, and technology tools that provide a holistic educaiont for the students of the University of Michigan’s iSchool.

There were three other articles, including a 36 page repoprt by the Institute of Museum and Library services, but I did not get time to read them,especially since one article was 59 pages. Therefore, I cannot comment on them.

References

Bell, C.J.  (2004).  A Passion for Connection: Community Colleges Fulfill The Promise of Cultural Institutions. Reference & User Services Quarterly, 43, p. 206-12.

Kenneth Lavender et al. (2005).  Building Bridges for Collaborative Digital Reference between Libraries and Museums through an Examination of Reference in Special Collections.  The Journal of Academic Librarianship. 31, p. 106-18.

Kaltwasser, F.G. (2004).  The Common Roots of Library and Museum in the Sixteenth Century: The Example of Munich.  Library History, 20, 3, 163-81.

Pijeaux, L. J., Jr. (2007). “The Birmingham civil rights institute: A case study in library, archives, and museum collaboration.” RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts and Cultural Heritage, 8(1), 56-60.

Eleanor Jo Rodger, Corinne Jorgensen, George D’Elia. (2005).  Partnerships and Collaborations Among Public Libraries, Public Broadcast Media and Museums: Current Context and Future Potential.  Library Quarterly, 75, p. 42-66.

Williams, S. (2010). Community History: A Look at Preservation and Archives of Several Special Collections. Louisiana Libraries, 73(1), 17-20.

Yakel, Elizabeth, Paul Conway, Margaret Hedstrom, and David Wallace. (2011).  Digital Curation for Digital Natives.  Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, 52, 1, 23-31.

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