MUSM 3001 Lecture Notes - Lecture 4: Systems Theory

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9/19/2016
Lecture: System thinking and Museums
I. What’s a museum ?
a. A building in which interesting and valuable things are collected and presented
for the public
a.i. People engaging with art and objects
a.ii. Educating the public
b. What’s an ecosystem?
b.i. Interconnected elements formed by a collection of organisms that can
impact each other
b.ii. Dependent upon each part
b.iii. THIS IS ALSO AN ACCURATE DESCRIPTION OF A MUSEUM
c. Holistic Museum and Inner vs. Outer Museum
c.i. Inner:
c.i.1. Research
c.i.2. Curation
c.i.3. Preservation
c.i.4. Collection Management
c.ii. Outer:
c.ii.1. Exhibits
c.ii.2. Education
c.ii.3. Audience Engagement
c.ii.4. Public Relations
d. Accession number
d.i. The number an object is given when it enters the collection
d.ii. Ex:1986.2002
d.ii.1. 1986 is the year it came to the museum
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