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A Practical Guide to Museum Ethics

A Practical Guide to Museum Ethics

by Sally Yerkovich

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Overview

Are your collections up for grabs? Does the spouse of one of your trustees have too much to say about developing the exhibition schedule? How much is too much public participation? Where does a curator’s authority begin and end? With money increasingly difficult to raise, is a museum more likely to accede to potential funders’ demands even when those demands might compromise the museum’s integrity? When a museum is struggling with debilitating debt, should the sale of selected items from its collections and the use of the resulting proceeds bring the museum into a more stable financial position? When a museum attempts to build its attendance and attract local visitors by crowdsourcing exhibitions, is it undermining its integrity? Ethical questions about museum activities are legion, yet they are usually only discussed when they become headlines in newspapers. Museum staff respond to such problems under pressure, often unable to take the time required to think through the sensitive and complex issues involved. Grounded in a series of case studies, A Practical Guide to Museum Ethics confronts types of ethical dilemmas museums face and explores attempts to resolve them in chapters dealing with ·accessibility, disability, and diversity; ·collections; ·conflict of interest; ·governance; ·management; ·deaccessioning; and ·accountability and transparency. Suitable for classroom use as well as a professional reference, here is a comprehensive, practical guide for dealing with ethical issues in museums.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442231634
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 244
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

Sally Yerkovich is the director of the Institute of Museum Ethics at Seton Hall University and an adjunct professor in the Museum Professions Program at Seton Hall as well as in the Museum Anthropology Program at Columbia University. A member of the Ethics Committee for the International Council of Museums (ICOM), the only international organization representing museums and museum professionals, she worked extensively with museums in Central and Eastern Europe as President of the Fund for Arts and Culture. She is a trained mediator for arts and cultural heritage issues. A cultural anthropologist with over thirty years of experience in high profile cultural institutions in New York and Washington, DC, she held leadership positions at the National Endowment for the Humanities, National Endowment for the Arts, South Street Seaport Museum and Museum of the City of New York. She was president and CEO of The New Jersey Historical Society, interim executive director at the Museum for African Art, and first president of the Tribute NYC Center.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Introduction and Framework for Approaching Ethical Problems Chapter 1 - Mission, Principles and Ethics Chapter 2 - Distinguishing Ethical Issues from Operational and Management Problems Chapter 3 - The Ethics of Museum Governance and Leadership Chapter 4 - The Ethics of Acquiring and Managing Collections Chapter 5 - The Ethics of Caring for and Conserving Collections Chapter 6 - Ethical Dilemmas of Deaccessioning Chapter 7 - Ethical Problems related to Fundraising and Other Income Producing Activities Chapter 8 - Controversy and Censorship Chapter 9 - Restitution, Repatriation or Retention? The Ethics of Cultural Heritage Chapter 10 - Museum Visitors: Ethical Issues concerning Diversity and Access Appendix 1 – American Alliance of Museums: Code of Ethics for Museums Appendix 2 – International Council of Museums: ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums Appendix 3 – American Association of State and Local History: Statement of Professional Standards and Ethics Appendix 4 – Association of Art Museum Directors: Professional Practices in Art Museums Bibliography Index About the Author

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