This book offers insights into changes brought about by the enormous growth of the internet. There are new ways to share cultural heritage materials through online finding aids, exhibits, and other initiatives. What has been accomplished across libraries, archives, and museums? The authors consider that question by using case studies to explore activities in 14 libraries, archives, museums, and other heritage organizations. They consider what we can learn from current collaborations within and across libraries, archives, and museums and why some collaborations are successful while others cannot be sustained. Their findings are based on observations and interviews at institutions and organizations in the United States, Australia, and the U.K.
These organizations have worked to make their collections accessible. Some have simply digitized their collections, while others have enhanced their collection management systems. Others have incorporated digital asset management systems to organize and retrieve media, and to manage digital rights and permissions. Most of these institutions and organizations have succeeded through strategic partnerships, strategic planning, and insightful leadership. However, the book also contains examples of institutions that have undergone transitions: one of the museums closed, and another closed its library. Taken together, the fourteen institutions shed light on professional practices today.
Foreword, Joyce Ray Preface Acknowledgments Introduction Part I. Strategies for Small, Independent Institutions with Few Resources Chapter 1.: The American Antiquarian Society: Digital Asset Management in an Independent Research Library, Peter Botticelli Chapter 2. The History Project: Increasing Access to LGBT History in Boston, Samantha Strain and Peter Botticelli Chapter 3. Historic New England: Building a Complex Infrastructure, Peter Botticelli, Martha R. Mahard, Michèle V. Cloonan, and Brett Freiburger Chapter 4. The Maine Memory Network: A Statewide Collaboration, Peter Botticelli and Emeline Dehn-Reynolds Part II. Collaboration within and across Institutions Chapter 5. The American Archive of Public Broadcasting: Media Access and Preservation, Peter Botticelli, Bryce Roe, and Lily Troia Chapter 6. Cornell University Library Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections: Exploring New Media in the Archive, Peter Botticelli Chapter 7. The Museum of Modern Art: A Cross-Institutional Collaboration, Peter Botticelli Chapter 8. The Boston Public Library: An Effective Strategy for Advancing Digital Access, Peter Botticelli Part III. Strategic Use of Resources Chapter 9: The Victoria and Albert Museum: Collaboration for Better Access, Martha R. Mahard Chapter 10: The National Library of Australia: Digital Assets as a Driver for Change in a National Library, Ross Harvey and Jaye Weatherburn Part IV. Institutions in Transition Chapter 11: The Leviathan Library and Archives at the Jackman Museum of Modern Art: The Impact of Changing Priorities, Michèle V. Cloonan Chapter 12: The American Textile History Museum, 1960-2018: A Museum That Lives on Through its Collections, Michèle V. Cloonan Chapter 13: Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum: Divergent Visions, Michèle V. Cloonan and Martha R. Mahard Part V. Culturally Sensitive MaterialsChapter 14: Harvard Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Peter Botticelli Conclusion Appendix: Interview Questions