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This power point introduces the notive of rapid response to timely issues in museums. It is useful for museum staff, students and boards

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  2. 2. INTRODUCTION <ul><li>This power point is an introduction to the issue of Timeliness in museums. </li></ul><ul><li>Written for a museum seminar in 2003 at the University of Victoria Continuing Studies. </li></ul><ul><li>Resulted in a publication *“Timeliness: A Discussion for Museums”, Davis, Joy, Gurian, Elaine Heumann, Koster, Emlyn, Curator , volume 46, number 4, October 2003, pp.353-361 . </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  3. 3. USED IN OTHER FIELDS <ul><li>As a unit of measure in delivery of service </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Punctuality </li></ul></ul><ul><li>As responsiveness to current topics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assessment of current need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Speed of surfacing data and research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Public action and response to data </li></ul></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  4. 4. LEXICON <ul><li>TIMELINESS </li></ul><ul><li>RELEVANCE </li></ul><ul><li>CURRENT </li></ul><ul><li>SALIENT </li></ul><ul><li>CONTEMPORARY </li></ul><ul><li>RESPONSIVENESS </li></ul><ul><li>FLEXIBILITY </li></ul><ul><li>USEFULNESS </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  5. 5. TIMELINESS <ul><li>fitness </li></ul><ul><li>appropriateness  </li></ul><ul><li>accommodation, accordance, adaptation, adequacy, admissibility, agreeableness, applicability, appositeness, aptitude, aptness, assimilation, auspiciousness, compatibility, competence, concurrency, congeniality, congruousness, consistency, consonance, convenience, correspondence, decency, decorum, eligibility, expediency, harmony, keeping, order, patness, pertinence, preparedness, propriety, qualification, readiness, relevancy, rightness, seasonableness, seemliness, suitability, timeliness  </li></ul><ul><li>suitability </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  6. 6. RELEVANCE <ul><li>Application, appositeness, germaneness, purpose, significance, importance, bearing, concern, consequence, drift, effect, emphasis, force, gist, gravity, import, influence, interest, materiality, moment, momentousness, notability, paramountcy, pertinence, point, precedence, preponderance, priority, purport, sense, seriousness, signification, standing, stress, substance, tenor, usefulness, value, weight, </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  7. 7. CURRENT <ul><li>contemporary  </li></ul><ul><li>accepted, accustomed, afoot, circulating, common knowledge, customary, existent, extant, faddy, fashionable, going around, hip, in, in circulation, in use, in vogue, instant, modern, now, ongoing, popular, present-day, prevailing, prevalent, rampant, rife, topical, trendy, up-to-date, widespread </li></ul><ul><li>affected, avant-garde, current, far out, futuristic, groovy, in, mannered, mod, ostentatious, pop, way out, with it </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  8. 8. RESPONSIVE <ul><li>accommodating, collaborative, collective, collegial, concerted, concurring, coordinated, in league, interdependent, joint, obliging, participating, reciprocal, shared, sociable, supportive, symbiotic, synergetic, team, united, useful </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  9. 9. SALIENT <ul><li>substantial   </li></ul><ul><li>obvious </li></ul><ul><li>conspicuous </li></ul><ul><li>main/core part </li></ul><ul><li>noticeable </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  10. 10. USEFUL <ul><li>serviceable </li></ul><ul><li>application </li></ul><ul><li>help </li></ul><ul><li>aim </li></ul><ul><li>status/class </li></ul><ul><li>appropriate </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  11. 11. TIMELINESS AS IN: -- <ul><li>Calendar – Cycle and Unexpected Events </li></ul><ul><li>Performance Measure </li></ul><ul><li>Social Service </li></ul><ul><li>Topic/Content/Information </li></ul><ul><li>Context </li></ul><ul><li>Customer Service </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge Management (More about) </li></ul><ul><li>Metaphor </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  12. 12. AS A REFERENCE TO CALENDAR <ul><li>Predictable and can be planned for. </li></ul><ul><li>i.e.: </li></ul><ul><li>Holiday special events </li></ul><ul><li>Birthdays of donors, institutions, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Memorializing anniversaries </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  13. 13. AS RAPID RESPONSE TO UNPREDICTABLE AND UNEXPECTED EVENTS <ul><li>CATASTROPHES </li></ul><ul><li>EMERGENCIES </li></ul><ul><li>ACCIDENTS </li></ul><ul><li>WEATHER </li></ul><ul><li>VIP VISITS, DEATHS, ETC. </li></ul><ul><li>LOCAL, NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  14. 14. AS PERFORMANCE MEASURE <ul><li>Used in performance plans, in published accountability, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Efficiency </li></ul><ul><li>Effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Speed of delivery </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  15. 15. AS COMMUNITY & SOCIAL SERVICE Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian Offer aid to patrons in light of events. Offer counseling to staff in light of events Offer space for use in celebration, mourning, etc. Offer program space for other uses (i.e. blood drives, voter registration, etc.)
  16. 16. AS CHOICE OF CONTENT <ul><li>Current and emergency information </li></ul><ul><li>Current information as frames for existent exhibitions </li></ul><ul><li>Systems of rapidly changing exhibitions or parts of exhibitions </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  17. 17. AS FORUM FOR CONTROVERSIAL TOPICS <ul><li>Make places for meeting available </li></ul><ul><li>Programs that foster balanced debate </li></ul><ul><li>Seen as neutral site </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  18. 18. AS CONTEXT <ul><li>Allow and encourage place for inspiration and reflection </li></ul><ul><li>Create spaces for meditation </li></ul><ul><li>Use created environments </li></ul><ul><li>Background for performance, programs, debates </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  19. 19. AS COLLECTIONS ACQUISITIONS <ul><li>To acquire material recently produced </li></ul><ul><li>To document recent events </li></ul><ul><li>To readjust a collections focus in the light of contemporary concerns </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  20. 20. AS CUSTOMER SERVICE <ul><li>Hours </li></ul><ul><li>Admission charges </li></ul><ul><li>For all or for select audiences </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  21. 21. AS KNOWLEDGE MANAGEMENT <ul><li>Branching programs </li></ul><ul><li>Access to relevant materials & collections </li></ul><ul><li>Layering and “More About” </li></ul><ul><li>Co-creation and social networking to share authority and information. </li></ul><ul><li>Media and audience see museum as institution of expertise and call upon it for pronouncements </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  22. 22. AS METAPHOR <ul><li>Mirror/window for personal experience </li></ul><ul><li>Content transformed into analogy </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  23. 23. Museums can: <ul><li>Have established an internal ethos to want to respond. </li></ul><ul><li>Have pre-arranged systems in place that allow for responsiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Think that timeliness and reflection can exist side by side. </li></ul><ul><li>Have relationship with others who can provide information or systems. </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  24. 24. <ul><li>Systems that turn exhibitions around in short period of time </li></ul><ul><li>Have ongoing scan of current events as part of some job descriptions </li></ul><ul><li>Have a review process for topics that is based on timely response </li></ul><ul><li>Be considered a resource by community </li></ul>IN ORDER TO CREATE RAPIDLY CHANGING CONTENT, Museums need: Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  25. 25. CONSIDERATIONS <ul><li>Debate between reflection, synthesis, review and speed and flexibility. </li></ul><ul><li>Debate between perspective and immediacy </li></ul><ul><li>Debate between timely and faddishness </li></ul><ul><li>Establishment of institution as authority and / or forum </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian
  26. 26. AUTHORITY <ul><li>Who speaks for the museum? </li></ul><ul><li>Whose voice is in the exhibition? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the museum stand on debate and controversy? </li></ul><ul><li>Is the museum organized for shared and multiple perspectives? </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a “viewpoint” museum? </li></ul>Timeliness Elaine Heumann Gurian