Thursday, December 22, 2016

A few thoughts on Anarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums

Anarchist's Guide to Historic House MuseumsAnarchist's Guide to Historic House Museums by Franklin D. Vagnone
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an impressive book which challenges people who manage house museums to really connect with the communities which surround the houses. It asks people to think about relevance and provides creative ways for exploring history. A big element is listening to the community, and reaching out to non-traditional audiences. While this book is about house museums it is relevant for thinking about local studies collections, and even about libraries as a whole. It is not about providing the answers, but about exploring lots of questions.

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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Changing lives and enriching communities in #yxe - great work by @stoonlibrary

I came across the following headline in Infodocket (go and have a look at the link)

You can read more about what the Saskatoon Library is doing in reconciliation.

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The description of the library, on their twitter account is "Changing lives and enriching communities in  - Treaty 6 Territory and the homeland of the Mรฉtis."   This looks great.  Does your organisation acknowledge the local Indigenous community on your site? 

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

A few thoughts about The art of relevance

The Art of RelevanceThe Art of Relevance by Nina Simon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book asks a lot of questions about how museums interpret their relevance. It contains examples from museums, libraries, and other relevant places. It suggests ways to connect with new audiences, and encourages the exploration of partnerships. While written about museums there is much for libraries to ponder. The book challenges complacency.

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