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Reinventing The Museum
     

Reinventing The Museum

by Gail Anderson
 

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Museum consultant Anderson collects 34 "benchmark essays as well as representative pieces from recent literature" addressing changing paradigms of the role and operation of museums. Philosophically oriented pieces examine the societal, political, and educational roles of museums. The role of the public in supporting museums is discussed in a number of essays. The

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Museum consultant Anderson collects 34 "benchmark essays as well as representative pieces from recent literature" addressing changing paradigms of the role and operation of museums. Philosophically oriented pieces examine the societal, political, and educational roles of museums. The role of the public in supporting museums is discussed in a number of essays. The evolving place of exhibitions and collections in museum operations comes under examination. Final essays discuss issues of leadership, including ethics and accountability, implementing institutional change, and governance. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Visitor Studies Today - George E. Hein
Gail Anderson has assembled a valuable anthology by reminding us that not only John Cotton Dana, but also such important figures as Alma Wittlin and Theodore Low (among others) have contributed significantly in the past century to the discussion of the purposes of the museum.
Museum News
Because its conceptual framework and essays so faithfully represent the reigning orthodoxy in American museums, Reinventing the Museum is the perfect survey text for introductory courses and undergraduate offerings in history, art history, anthropology, and museum studies.
Museline
Let's cheer, then, the arrival of Gail Anderson's Reinventing the Museum which delves back almost a century to cull a series of erudite and enlightening articles. . . . I found so much to admire and enjoy in this book. . . . The museum can embrace differences, find commonalities, allow freedom, provide structure. At risk of sounding trite, I would say firmly. . . this book tells you how!
Journal Of The Society Of Archivists
This is an enjoyable and informative selection of essays, and as an historical perspective on North American museology it has much to commend it. . . Reinventing the Museum is a very useful compendium of papers for anyone seeking an insight into the ways in which museums in North America have changed values, attitudes and practices.
The Annals Of Iowa
Reinventing the Museum is an excellent collection of 34 provocative articles divided into five areas of concern among museums. . . . I heartily recommend this volume to all museums, historical societies, and collegiate history programs because of the 'big picture' issues.
Visitor Studies Today
Gail Anderson has assembled a valuable anthology by reminding us that not only John Cotton Dana, but also such important figures as Alma Wittlin and Theodore Low (among others) have contributed significantly in the past century to the discussion of the purposes of the museum.
— George E. Hein, Lesley University
Muse
This book is an excellent starting point for institutions, and those interested in the future of those institutions, to address the problems posed by the high expectations fo the communities they serve.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780759101692
Publisher:
AltaMira Press
Publication date:
01/28/2004
Pages:
416
Product dimensions:
7.39(w) x 10.41(h) x 1.19(d)

Meet the Author

Gail Anderson has been active in the museum field for over twenty-five years. Formerly deputy director of The Mexican Museum, vice president of Museum Management Consultants, Chair of the Department of Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University, Anderson is now a museum consultant in private practice. Throughout her career, she has been active in professional organizations as a board member of the American Association of Museums (AAM), as a member of the national committee that produced Excellence & Equity: Education and the Public Dimension of Museums, and as a long-time board member and past president of the Western Museums Association Board of Directors. She is the editor and a contributing author to Museum Mission Statements: Building A Distinct Identity, published by AAM. She is working on her next publication for AltaMira, a comprehensive introductory museum studies text to accompany Reinventing the Museum.

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