Museum Governance: Mission, Ethics, Policy / Edition 1

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Overview

In Museum Governance, Marie Malaro addresses a range of issues facing museum administrators and trustees, arguing they can handle their duties intelligently only if they understand two points—why our country sustains a nonprofit sector and what constitutes trusteeship. Armed with this knowledge, trustees can sort out knotty problems relating to corporate sponsorship, entrepreneurial activities, and fundraising in ways that preserve the integrity of the nonprofit.

Malaro first explores the principles of nonprofit governance. She explains the purpose and use of professional codes of ethics and offers practical advice about board education and its role in fostering the long-term health of an organization. She then applies these principles to situations frequently confronting trustees, discussing how to set collection strategies, balance mission and entreprenurial ventures, handle deaccessioning, maintain effective board oversight, approach automation, and deal with repatriation requests.

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Editorial Reviews

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Museum Governance is an important . . . discussion of the major issues facing America’s museums . . . . Malaro’s points and recommendations provide a sound foundation on which to advance the discussion and debate about the mission, ethics, and policies of the country’s museums, their governing authorities, and the professionals who manage them.”—Curator

“A very pure distillation of critical ideas concerning museum missions, the obligations of trustees (prudence, loyalty, and obedience to the law), and the need to provide a firm foundation of policy under a diverse range of museum activities.”—Stephen E. Weil, scholar emeritus, Smithsonian Institution's Center for Education and Museum Studies

“Malaro raises important issues that face museums today. She consistently reminds trustees and other museum professionals to consider museums' educational missions and to remember that public faith is crucial to the sector. . . . Her book should be required reading for everyone involved with museums.”—Southern Historian

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Malaro first explores the principles of nonprofit governance. She explains the purpose and use of professional codes of ethics and offers practical advice about board education and its role in fostering the long-term health of an organization. She then applies these principles to situations frequently confronting trustees. She discusses how to set collection strategies, balance mission and entreprenurial ventures, handle deaccessioning, maintain effective board oversight, approach automation, and deal with repatriation requests. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560983637
  • Publisher: Smithsonian Institution Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/1994
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.39 (d)

Meet the Author

Marie C. Malaro is an attorney, former legal advisor to the Smithsonian Institution, and the former director of the graduate program in museum studies at George Washington University. She is also the author of A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections, Second Edition (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1998).
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 On Trusteeship 3
2 Why Ethics? 16
3 Steering a Prudent Course 22
4 The Education of Nonprofit Boards 29
5 What May Lie Ahead 36
6 Controlled Collecting: Drafting a Collection Management Policy 43
7 Deaccessioning: The American Perspective 50
8 Exercising Oversight 60
9 The Myopic Board: The United Way and United Cancer Council Cases 68
10 Restricted Gifts and Museum Responsibilities 79
11 Lending for Profit 108
12 Poor Sue: The Realities of Protecting Archeological and Paleontological Artifacts 118
13 From Card File to Computer 129
14 Repatriation and the Law 138
Appendix A. Codes of Ethics Relating to the Museum Profession 143
Appendix B. International Council of Museums Code of Professional Ethics 145
Notes 163
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