What is museum collections management?

What is museum collections management?

Collections management describes how museums manage and care for their collections to meet standards and legislation relating to museums and collections. This includes safeguarding the preservation of the collections through appropriate conservation, handling, storage and display methods.

What are the types of museum collection?

Museums can also be categorized into major groups by the type of collections they display, to include: fine arts, applied arts, craft, archaeology, anthropology and ethnology, biography, history, cultural history, science, technology, children’s museums, natural history, botanical and zoological gardens.

What is the purpose of a museum collection?

Museum collections (objects, specimens, and archival and manuscripts collections) are important museum resources in their own right as well as being valuable for the information they provide about processes, events, and interactions among people and the environment.

What is collection management process?

The process of collection management is achieved by incorporating methods of organization and staffing, selecting and deselecting, budgeting, marketing and promoting, understanding electronic resources and the role of interlibrary cooperation, and evaluating and assessing success.

What is the importance of collection management?

Collection management is an important library function and involves three major aspects: Budgeting for the collection. Developing policies for the collection. Developing strategies for building, weeding, and maintaining the collection.

What are the methods of museum object collection?

Sometimes the collection of a museum depends exclusively on the donations. In many cases, the objects are offered to the museum by the private collectors. If a museum has surplus objects of same types, it can give the object to the other museum as a loan object. It may be short term or long term loan.

How do museums get their collections?

Most commonly, museums get the artifacts they need for an exhibit by either buying or borrowing them. Common sense would say that it is cheaper to borrow than buy, but in the world of museums that isn’t always true.

What is collection analysis?

A collection analysis can educate current and new library staff about the collection, provide better data on which to determine collection development priorities for budget planning purposes, point out cataloging issues, and help the reference librarians better support and assist with the patron’s information search.

What are the stages in collection development?

material selection and acquisition. replacement of worn or lost materials. removal (weeding) of materials no longer needed in the collection. planning for new collections or collection areas.