By Gail Dexter Lord
The guide of Museum Management offers a accomplished and unique research of the rules of museum association, the ways that humans interact to complete museum targets, and the ways that museums, huge and small, can functionality so much successfully.
This re-creation bargains up to date info on administration practices to fulfill the present wishes of museum execs. All new modern case experiences supplied via practitioners from museums and galleries worldwide convey the foundations to existence with first-hand debts of demanding situations and achievements within the operation of museums at the present time.
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Use it or lose it" applies to mandate. On the other hand, lack of clarity about the museum's mandate can also lead the institution to distractions that interfere with the accomplishment of the museum's purposes. I t may, for example, be tempting for the County History Museum to offer an exhibition on dinosaurs because of their popularity, even though there were never any such creatures in what is now that county. This exhibition might be admissible as part of a temporary program of "Opening a Window on the World," but if such exhibitions become a major activity, absorbing the energies of staff while the permanent collection of archaeological and historical artifacts is neglected, then the museum is losing sight of its mandate.
T h e code should require a trustee to withdraw from any deliberations affecting his or her business interests or from which he or she might benefit, directly or indirectly. T h e code should also require confidentiality of the trustee, and collegiality with fellow trustees in pursuing the interests of the museum, as well as minimal requirements for attendance at meetings and museum functions. It is important for the board to maintain appropriate relations with the museum director. T h e director recommends policies and plans to the board, implements approved policies and plans, and is responsible for the day-to-day management of the museum.
2. An important role of management, therefore, is to evaluate the fulfillment of these functions. How well is the museum collecting, documenting, and preserving its collection (its assets)? And how well is it studying, displaying, and interpreting that collection to the public (its activities)? This management role, which is not merely a passive recording but an active evaluative intervention, may be referred to as administration. The evaluation of the six specifically museological functions of collecting, documentation, preservation, research, display, and interpretation or education, and the evaluation of administration itself, should be made in terms of both efectiveness and eficiency: Effectiveness measures the extent to which the museum's efforts achieve the intended result, which should have been quantified as far as possible in the work plan for that function.
The Manual of Museum Management by Gail Dexter Lord