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Textual Curation : Authorship, Agency, and Technology in Wikipedia and Chambers's CyclopÃ¦dia / Krista KennedyAE 1.5 K75 2016eb
Wikipedia is arguably the most famous collaboratively written text of our time, but few know that nearly three hundred years ago Ephraim Chambers proposed an encyclopedia written by a wide range of contributors--from illiterate craftspeople to titled gentry. Chambers wrote that incorporating information submitted by the public would considerably strengthen the second edition of his well-received Cyclopædia, which relied on previously published information. In Textual Curation, Krista Kennedy examines the editing and production histories of the Cyclopædia and Wikipedia, the ramifications of robot-written texts, and the issues of intellectual property theory and credit. Kennedy also documents the evolution of both encyclopedias as well as the participation of central players in discussions about the influence of technology and collaboration in early modern and contemporary culture.Through this comparative study, based on extensive archival research and data-driven analysis, Kennedy illuminates the deeply situated nature of authorship, which is dependent on cultural approval and stable funding sources as much as it is on original genius and the ownership of intellectual property. Kennedy's work significantly revises long-held notions of authorial agency and autonomy, establishing the continuity of new writing projects such as wikis with longstanding authorial practices that she calls textual curation.This study examines a wide range of texts that recompose accepted knowledge into reliable, complex reference works requires contributions of article text alongside less commonly considered elements such as metadata vocabularies, cross-indexing, and the development of print and digital interfaces. Comparison of analog and networked texts also lays bare the impact of technological developments, both in the composing process and in the topics that can practically be included in such a text. By examining the human and technological curators that support these encyclopedias as well as the discourses that surround them, Kennedy develops textual curation as a longstanding theory and process that offers a nuanced construction of authorship.
The Muses on Their Lunch Hour / Marjorie GarberAC 8.5 G37 2017eb
As a break from their ordained labors, what might the Muses today do on their lunch hour? This collection of witty, shrewd, and imaginative essays addresses interdisciplinary topics that range widely from Shakespeare, to psychoanalysis, to the practice of higher education today. With the ease born of deep knowledge, Marjorie Garber moves from comical journalistic quirks (¿Fig Leaves¿) to the curious return of myth and ritual in the theories of evolutionary psychologists (¿Ovid, Now and Then¿).Two themes emerge consistently in Garber¿s latest exploration of symptoms of culture. The first is that to predict the ¿next big thing¿ in literary studies we should look back at ideas and practices set aside by a previous generation of critics. In the past several decades we have seen the reemergence of¿for example¿textual editing, biography, character criticism, aesthetics and philology as ¿hot¿ new areas for critical intervention. The second theme expands on this observation, making the case for ¿cultural forgetting¿ as the way the arts and humanities renew themselves, both within fields and across them.
Exiles and Expatriates in the History of Knowledge, 1500-2000 / Peter BurkeAZ 231 B874 2017eb
In this wide-ranging consideration of intellectual diasporas, historian Peter Burke questions what distinctive contribution to knowledge exiles and expatriates have made. The answer may be summed up in one word: deprovincialization. Historically, the encounter between scholars from different cultures was an education for both parties, exposing them to research opportunities and alternative ways of thinking. Deprovincialization was in part the result of mediation, as many émigrés informed people in their "hostland" about the culture of the native land, and vice versa. The detachment of the exiles, who sometimes viewed both homeland and hostland through foreign eyes, allowed them to notice what scholars in both countries had missed. Yet at the same time, the engagement between two styles of thought, one associated with the exiles and the other with their hosts, sometimes resulted in creative hybridization, for example, between German theory and Anglo-American empiricism. This timely appraisal is brimming with anecdotes and fascinating findings about the intellectual assets that exiles and immigrants bring to their new country, even in the shadow of personal loss.
Dark Affinities, Dark Imaginaries : A Mind's Odyssey / Joseph NatoliAC 8.5 N38 2017eb
Museum operations : a handbook of tools, templates, and models / Samantha ChmelikAM 5 C47 2017
Today's accelerated pace of decision-making combined with the emphases on accountability and transparency has created the need for analytical tools and templates to support the decision-making process of museum staffs and boards. Museum Operations: A Handbook of Tools, Templates, and Models contains research and analytical tools, templates, and models - giving museum professionals processes and procedures for analyzing information and making decisions that are then easily explainable to staff, board members, donors, patrons, and other stakeholders. The book consists of four parts. -Part One is an overview of the research project management process. -Part Two introduces the 19 tools, templates, and models that can be used to collect, analyze, and present research results and recommendations. It also explains what each tool, template, or model is, what it does, when it should be used, and how it should be used. -Part Three presents six fictional case studies that show when and how the tools, templates, and models can be used in situ. -Part Four contains blank, instructional versions of the tools, templates, and models for the reader's use. Additional resources related to project management, research and analysis, and presentation skills are also included.
Doing museology differently / by Duncan GrewcockAM 5 G76 2014
One might believe that museum studies is a stable field of academic inquiry based on a set of familiar institutional forms and functions. But as institutions museums have never been stable or singular, and neither has the discipline of museum studies. Museum studies as a field of academic inquiry has received little critical attention. One result of this neglect has arguably been a lack of invention in museum studies; another is the distancing of academic museum studies from museum practice.
Doing Museology Differentlycharts a different course. A critical‐creative reflection on academic practice, the book takes the form of a narrative account of museological fieldwork. A research story unfolds, challenging academic conventions at the level of its own presentation: the book combines critical museum visiting with an autobiographical voice. The identification of a previously underexplored interdisciplinary space leads the author to experiment with museum studies using contemporary developments in the theory and practice of human geography. The new approaches to museological research and representation that emerge from this unique inquiry challenge assumed institutional and intellectual boundaries and act as a call to further creative experimentation.
Museums 101 / Mark WalhimerAM 5 W35 2015
Looking for an A-Z, one-stop, comprehensive book on museums? Wish you were able to have one of the world's leading museum consultants spend a couple of days with you, talking you through how to start a museum, how museums work, how to set up an exhibit, and more? If so, Museums 101 is the answer to your wishes. In one short volume, Mark Walhimer covers: - Essential Background, such as what is a museum, a quick history of museums, and 10 steps to starting a museum - Operational Basics, such as branding, marketing, strategic planning, governance, accessibility, and day-to-day operations - What goes on behind the scenes in a museum, ranging from finances to fundraising to art handling, exhibit management, and research - The Visitor Experience, planning a museum, designing exhibits for visitors, programming, and exhibit evaluation. Features that even the most experienced museum professionals will find useful include a community outreach checklist, a fundraising checklist, a questionnaire for people considering starting a new museum, and an exhaustive, well-organized list of online resources for museum operations. The book's contents were overseen by a six-member international advisory board. Valuable appendixes you'll use every day include a museum toolbox full of useful forms, checklists, and worksheets, and a glossary of essential museum-related terms. In addition to the printed book, Museums 101 also features a companion website exclusively for readers of the book. The website-- museums101.com--features: - links to essential online resources in the museum world, - downloadable sample documents, - a glossary, - a bibliography of sources for further reading, and - photographs of more than 75 museums of all types. Museums 101 Advisory Board - Jim DeMersman, Executive Director, Museum on Main, Pleasanton, California, United States of America - David L. Godfrey, C.P.A., Allison & Godfrey, Certified Public Accountants, Norwalk, Connecticut, United States of America - Van A. Romans, President, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Fort Worth, Texas, and Board of Trustees, American Alliance of Museums, United States of America - Sergey Solovyev, Ph.D., Department of Greek & Roman Antiquities, The State Hermitage Museum, Russia - Alison Spence, Exhibitions and Loans Registrar, National Museum of Australia, Canberra ACT, Australia - Audrey Vermette, Director of Programs and Public Affairs, Canadian Museums Association, Ontario, Canada
Museum participation : new directions for audience collaboration / edited by Kayte McSweeney and Jen KavanaghAM 7 M874 2016
Genuine participation is about much more than simply "taking part." But many museums' commitment to engagement and participation remains at this superficial level. Full participation involves the sharing of authority, decision-making and power. And letting go of the boundaries between the professional and the public. This book shows what is being done - and how it can be done. "This inspiring volume is packed with thoughtful examples of leading museums around the world involving their visitors in their work to powerful effect." Nina Simon, Executive Director, Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History, and author of The Participatory Museum. "Participation is the only sustainable future for museums and galleries, and this book should inspire us all to get better at embedding it until it becomes part of our museums' DNA." Piotr Bienkowski, Project Director: Our Museum Programme, Paul Hamlyn Foundation. "This is a challenging volume of essays outlining radical museum practice... I highly recommend it to everyone concerned with the potential of the contemporary museum to promote equality and human rights." Dr Viv Golding, Programme Director of Learning & Visitor Studies, School of Museum Studies, University of Leicester.
The museum blog bookAM 5 M875 2017
How many blogs do you read regularly?
Much of today's most interesting, innovative and passionate writing about museums and galleries is hidden away in hundreds of carefully-crafted museum blogs. And all too little of this content enters into mainstream museum discourse.
Over 70 blogs: transforming the museum experience
The Museum Blog Book brings together a collection which reflects fresh thinking and practice in and about museums. Whether the authors are from world-class institutions like MoMA, the Smithsonian, the British Museum, or the V&A - or are independent professionals or volunteers - they all share practical experience aimed at improving (and often transforming) the museum experience.
In five sections, The Museum Blog Book explores every key area of museum operation: from managing and collecting , to learning , interpreting and visiting . The content is both rich and concise. And - reflecting its online origins - the application of new technologies is explored throughout.
676pages - 126 illustrations
This is a book which speaks for itself: museum professionals share the experiences and perceptions they believe are the most valuable, the most urgent. It's perceptive. Witty. Thoughtful. Concerned. Angry. Committed. Exhilarating. Invaluable.
Histories of performance documentation : museum, artistic, and scholarly practices / edited by Gabriella Giannachi and Jonah WestermanAM 151 H578 2018
Histories of Performance Documentationtraces the many ways in which museums have approached performance works from the 1960s onwards, considering the unique challenges of documenting live events. From hybrid and interactive arts, to games and virtual and mixed reality performance, this collection investigates the burgeoning role of the performative in museum displays.
Gabriella Giannachi and Jonah Westerman bring together interviews and essays by leading curators, conservators, artists and scholars from institutions including MoMA, Tate, SFMOMA and the Whitney, to examine a range of interdisciplinary practices that have influenced the field of performance documentation. Chapters build on recent approaches to performance analysis, which argue that it should not focus purely on the live event, and that documentation should not be read solely as a process of retrospection. These ideas create a radical new framework for thinking about the relationship between performance and its documentation--and how this relationship might shape ideas of what constitutes performance in the first place.
The origins of museums : the cabinet of curiosities in sixteenth and seventeenth century Europe / edited by Oliver Impey and Arthur MacGregorAM 342 O75 2017
- A reprint of the original 1985 edition with updated photographs- Thirty- three essays from scholarly contributors on the evolution of collecting, and how this lead to the formation of the modern museum- One of the first books to explore how collectors live with their objects, a subject which has become increasingly studied and popular The Ashmolean Museum is proud to make this important volume containing the fascinating story of the modern museum's beginnings available again. This ground-breaking book traces the story of collecting, which is the story of curiosity about objects and the world, by focusing on the nobility and specialists who laid the important groundwork for the current concept of museums. The first edition in 1985 sold out within a few months, the second a year or two later, and the third in 1989. There has been no reprint of the original edition since then. The topics covered by these essays are wide-ranging, and the scholarship is impeccable, enlightening, and full of unknown facts. It represents a broad-sweep of history that will captivate and surprise the expert and the interested reader alike.