Memory institutions redux: pluralizing memories and a stay against forgetting
Pluralized memories We are now used to memory institutions as a way of collectively referring to libraries, archives and museums. However, memory, as we know, is complicated, and I sometimes hesitate before using the term. The complications are certainly alive in this Decade of Centenaries period in Ireland. One is often reminded of how alternative and contested memories … Continue reading Memory institutions redux: pluralizing memories and a stay against forgetting
Lam-inating libraries … redux
The shared interests between libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) has been an important line of work for OCLC Research. It is also of course a recurring service, organizational and policy issue in many contexts. A related issue is also of considerable interest for libraries. As we move into a digital environment, library work can increasingly … Continue reading Lam-inating libraries … redux
QR Codes and exhibitions
We spend some time in the very congenial Dayton Art Institute this afternoon. We wandered around the Modern Masters exhibition (from the Smithsonian American Art Museum). I was interested to see the QR codes by the pictures. Here is a somewhat fuzzy picture taken by my son on his phone: Now, the exhibition is an … Continue reading QR Codes and exhibitions
On the discrimination of curators and curations ….
As existing practices evolve and new ones emerge it often takes time for the way in which we talk about them to settle down. There may be some interim terminological confusion. This has happened in our world with ‘archive’ for example. We can also see this happen with curation/curation/curator. In recent conversations, it seems to … Continue reading On the discrimination of curators and curations ….
Lam-inating libraries ….
The shared interests between libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) is an important line of work for OCLC Research. However, a related issue is also of considerable interest for libraries. As we move into a digital environment, library work increasingly needs to understand and benefit from archival and museum perspectives. As libraries digitize primary materials, or … Continue reading Lam-inating libraries ….
My colleague Ricky Erway bravely accepted the challenge to talk as an outsider on the challenges faced by Europeana to a European conference on digitization last year. Her remarks are recorded in an article in the LIBER Quarterly. The organisers of the second LIBER/EBLIDA workshop on digitisation (The Hague, October 19-21) asked Ricky Erway of … Continue reading Europeana
QOTD: libraries and museums
CILIP is the UK professional organization for library (and other information) workers. I was interested to read the passage below in a recent submission it made to a parliamentary group looking at public libraries in England. It is referring to MLA, the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council, a government sponsored body which exists to promote … Continue reading QOTD: libraries and museums
One of the most interesting things we have seen while in the US is the Serpent Mound in southern Ohio, reputedly the largest effigy earthworks in the world. Atop a plateau overlooking the Brush Creek Valley, Serpent Mound is the largest and finest serpent effigy in the United States. Nearly a quarter of a mile … Continue reading Earth works
Library and archives – visible
We were in Nashville for a couple of days over the Easter period. Doing the tourist thing, we spent a couple of hours in the Country music hall of fame and museum. I was very interested to see at the center of the building, though glass panels, the Frist Library and Archive. The Frist Library … Continue reading Library and archives – visible
QOTD: therapeutic value of objects
A project looking at the use of ‘heritage’ materials in hospital contexts caught my eye … Working with Guy Noble, UCL Hospitals (UCLH)’s Art Curator, as well as the British Museum, Oxford University Museums Service, Reading Museums Service, Islington Education Library Service and the Museum, Libraries and Archives Council, their project is designed to lead … Continue reading QOTD: therapeutic value of objects