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Jhu Week 2

  1. 1. Cataloguing Museum Collections<br />History, Trends, and Issues<br />JHU Museum Studies Spring 2010<br />
  2. 2. Week 2: Definitions<br /> Collection Cataloguing-the systematic process of recording information about an object including its physical characteristics, its history, and its care and management<br />
  3. 3. Descriptive Cataloguing<br /> Answers the questions posed by the interrogative pronouns (5 Ws and H)<br /> A subset of this information is found on collections labels that accompany objects in gallery space. <br />
  4. 4. What?<br />Often referred to as Object Naming<br />Titles<br />Classification hierarchies<br />Object names<br />Descriptions<br />
  5. 5. Who?<br />Makers<br />People or entities involved in the history of the object<br />Subjects<br />
  6. 6. Where?<br />Geographic place names<br />Geolocations<br />Some overlap with When? cluster<br />Culture<br />Period<br />Style<br />
  7. 7. When?<br />Records information about important events in the history of an object<br />Creation date<br />Historical dates<br />
  8. 8. Why?<br />Most often used to describe functional objects and objects of everyday life<br />Can be linked to a nominclature<br />
  9. 9. How?<br />Method of creation (medium, technique)<br />Materials may be drawn from a controlled vocabulary<br />
  10. 10. Administrative Cataloguing<br />Museums record a good deal of information to support the care and stewardship of the objects in its collection.<br />Collecting history<br />Object location and movement<br />Appraisals and valuations<br />Use of object information<br />
  11. 11. Rights Cataloguing<br /> As technology has lowered the barriers for sharing information about museum collections, it has become more important to track information related to the intellectual property rights associated with an object<br />Copyright of work<br />Copyright of surrogates<br />Museum license to use work, often non-exclusive<br />Licenses with end users<br />
  12. 12. Readings<br />Buck, R. and Gilmore, J., eds. (1998). The New Museum Registration Methods (chapter on Docmentation, pp. 17-40). Washington, DC: American Association of Museums. [eReserves]<br />Heritage Health Index (2005). A Public Trust at Risk: The Heritage Health Index Report on the State of America&apos;s Collections  (pp. 79-83). Washington, DC: Heritage Preservation. [eReserves]<br />Baca, M. (2008). Introduction to Metadata, version 3.0. Los Angeles, CA: Getty Research Institute,<br />
  13. 13. Assignment<br />Add three terms and their definitions to the course glossary. The glossary can be found in the Wiki section of Sakai. You will see that the glossary has been seeded with some terms that we will be using. You can either define one of these terms or add terms of your own. Definitions should be in your own words. Feel free to illustrate the definitions with examples. Sign your entries with your initials. You will be refining these terms over the course of the semester as your understanding of cataloguing evolves.<br />
  14. 14. Discussion<br /> First half of the week: Consider and describe ways or areas in which cataloguing and/or structured information management are important in museums. Are there ways in which technology has made cataloguing less important or necessary?<br /> Second half of the week: Respond to something you found interesting in this week’s assigned readings.<br />