National Standards and Best Practices for U. S. Museums

ISBN-10: 1933253118

ISBN-13: 9781933253114

Edition: 2008

Authors: Elizabeth E. Merritt

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For the first time, the U.S. museum profession's current operating standards in areas from public accountability to facilities and risk management are available in a single publication. This guide is an essential reference work for the museum community, presenting the ideals that should be upheld by every museum striving to maintain excellence in its operations.  An introductory section explains how virtually anyone associated with museums will find the book valuable, from trustees to staff to funders and the media. It is followed by a full outline of the standards, including the overarching Characteristics of Excellence and the seven areas of performance they address. Throughout the book is commentary by Elizabeth E. Merritt, former director of AAM's Museum Advancement and Excellence Department and founding director of AAM's Center for the Future of Museums.
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Book details

List price: $34.00
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: American Association of Museums
Publication date: 4/7/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 92
Size: 7.00" wide x 9.75" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

Elizabeth E. Merritt is founding director of the Center for the Future of Museums at the American Alliance of Museums, Washington, DC.

Who Should Use This Book and How
What Is a Museum?
Why Standards?
What Are "Standards and Best Practices"?
Where Do Standards Come From?
How Can Museums Use the Standards?
Who Else Uses the Standards, and How?
Standards and Best Practices
Core Questions
Characteristics of Excellence for U.S. Museums
Characteristics of Excellence for U.S. Museums "in Translation"
Public Trust and Accountability
Standards Regarding Public Trust and Accountability
Standards Regarding Ethics
The AAM Code of Ethics for Museums
Standards Regarding an Institutional Code of Ethics
Mission and Planning
Standards Regarding Institutional Mission Statements
Standards Regarding Institutional Planning
Leadership and Organizational Structure
Standards Regarding Governance
Standards Regarding Delegation of Authority
Collections Stewardship
Standards Regarding Collections Stewardship
Best Practices Regarding Loaning Collections to Non-Museum Entities
Standards Regarding the Unlawful Appropriation of Objects During the Nazi Era
Best Practices Regarding the Unlawful Appropriation of Objects During the Nazi Era
Education and Interpretation
Standards Regarding Education and Interpretation
Standards Regarding Exhibiting Borrowed Objects
Financial Stability
Standards Regarding Financial Stability
Standards Regarding Developing and Managing Business and Individual Donor Support
Standards Regarding Retrenchment or Downsizing
Facilities and Risk Management
Standards Regarding Facilities and Risk Management
Completing the Picture
The Universe of Museum Standards and Best Practices
Other Major Sources of Standards Relevant to Museums
AAM Standing Professional Committees and Standards
Trends and Potential Future Standards
Appendix: Dates of Approval of Standards and Best Practices
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