1st Edition

Economic Considerations for Libraries, Archives and Museums

    238 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    238 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Economic Considerations for Libraries, Archives and Museums provides insight into the economics of collaboration across Libraries, Archives, and Museums (LAMs) and cultural heritage funding.

    Drawing together a series of global reflections on the past, present and future of cross-sector approaches to preserving and promoting cultural heritage, this volume examines the economic prospects of LAMs from a variety of facets. Divided into five sections, the book covers the five most important areas in the development and sustainability of collaborative LAM projects: the digital environment; collaborative models; education; funding issues; and alternate sources of funding. Responding directly to the issue of a lack of adequate funding for maintaining and providing access to cultural heritage resources globally, the book argues that cultural heritage institutions must seek creative methods for funding and collaboration at all levels to achieve shared goals.

    Economic Considerations for Libraries, Archives and Museums will be of interest to all those engaged in the study of library and information science, archival studies, museum studies and digital preservation. Administrators and practitioners will also find much to interest them within the pages of the book.

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    List of Contributors



    Section I - The Digital Environment

    Chapter 1 Collaboration among Libraries, Archives, and Museums in the United States: 1999-2019

    by Liz Bishoff

    Chapter 2 A Case Study on the Future of Digital Technologies in Libraries, Archives and Museums: Collecting Institutions in the Network Society

    by Chris Batt

    Chapter 3 How and Why the European Union Promotes Collaboration to Connect Museums, Libraries, and Archives with Online Users Across Europe and Around the World: Europeana

    by Monika Hagedorn-Saupe

    Section II – Collaborative Models

    Chapter 4 Lessons Learned from Digital Collaborations: Standards and Descriptive Practices

    by Emmanuelle Delmas-Glass

    Chapter 5 Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums: ATALM A Practical Model for Local Collaboration

    by Holly Witchey

    Section III - Taking a Look at LAM Education: What Works, What Could Work Better

    Chapter 6 Libraries, Archives and Museums of the Future: Educational Programs in Europe

    by Trilce Navarrete

    Chapter 7 Promoting Collaboration, Recognizing the Power of Information and Object in Professional Identity: Educating Library, Archives, and Museum Professionals in the United States

    by Joyce Ray and Peter Botticelli

    Section IV - Funding and Sustainability: Global Reach, Local Impact

    Chapter 8 A Case Study for Collective Action Through Federal Grant Funding: Grant Programs that Saved History

    by Thomas F. R. Clareson

    Chapter 9 Funding, Sustainability, and Cross-Institutional Collaboration

    by Elizabeth Joffrion

    Chapter 10 Collaboration North of the (U.S.) Border

    by Jenn Riley

    Chapter 11 Banding Together Against Disasters: The Benefits of Collaboration in Times of Crisis

    by Thomas F. R. Clareson

    Section V – The Cultural Economy

    Chapter 12 The Value of Archives and Authenticity in Exhibitions of Visual Culture

    by Mads Damsbo

    Chapter 13 Grassroots Collaborative Models for Visibility and Advocacy: Building on "LA as Subject".

    by Kenneth Bicknell

    Chapter 14 The Role of Libraries, Archives and Museums in the Cultural Economy – Perception, Documentation, and Vision for the Future

    by Lorraine A. Stuart



    Associate Prof. Lorraine A. Stuart is Head of Special Collections/Curator of Historical Manuscripts and Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi. Previously, she directed the archival program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston from 1995-2016.

    Thomas F. R. Clareson is Senior Consultant for Digital & Preservation Services at LYRASIS, consulting on preservation, disaster preparedness, digitization, funding, strategic planning, and arts and cultural advocacy. He also serves as Director of the Performing Arts Readiness project.

    Joyce Ray, Ph.D., is Senior Lecturer and Program Coordinator of the Digital Curation program at Johns Hopkins University’s Division of Advanced Academic Programs, Museum and Heritage Studies.