Thursday, March 24, 2016
The Collaboration of Libraries, Archives and Museums
March 24, 2016
Novia. J. (2012). Library, archival and museum (LAM) collaboration: Driving forces and recent trends. Endnotes, 3(1), 1-10.
This paper focuses on the importance of collaboration between libraries, archives and museums as well as the benefits not only for the institutions, but for the patrons. Libraries, archives and museums can all build on each others collections and by working together, they share a wealth of information with their patrons. This paper also discusses collection development and how archives and libraries must choose what to digitize while museums are able to digitize and upload an entire exhibit for users. Other issues addressed include funding and support between libraries, archives and museums as well as the importance of a relationship between the three which would aid collection development and management.
This paper was interesting because the collaboration between libraries, archives and museums are not uncommon nowadays. Many libraries have archival materials in their holdings and even occasionally host exhibitions. Museums utilize both archival and library materials for exhibitions and all three use similar collection management systems and have outreach programs to draw in more patrons and visitors.