A Handbook for Academic Museums: Beyond Exhibitions and Education

"A vital resource for anyone working in or concerned about Academic museums. It will become the standard text for generations to come." 
James Cuno, President & CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust

Academic museums share a unique mandate: they are partners in education. As such, they have evolved in tandem - and not always easily - with their parent organizations. They can often pursue their missions in innovative ways, address controversial topics, produce unorthodox exhibitions, and have the freedom to experiment. But they operate within a challenging administrative structure - a two-tier environment in which operations, planning, governance, administration, financial support, and fundraising can all become more complex. And in recent years, some colleges and universities have questioned the very need to maintain a museum, while others have attempted to monetize art collections to raise capital. 

A Handbook for Academic Museums: Beyond Exhibitions and Education is the second of two companion volumes which, quite simply, aim to aggregate in one convenient place good current thinking on the opportunities and issues unique to academic museums. The result is a collection of best practices, innovations, and sound approaches that offer guidance and inspiration for the entire community, large and small, well-endowed and modestly-resourced alike. This book is - above all - a practical resource.

While the first volume addresses key issues related to exhibitions and education, this second 664-page volume (available separately) addresses most everything else, including the strategic issues of mission, relationship to the parent organization, phases of birth and growth of academic museums, new technologies, and the collection as an "asset" of the parent organization. 

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    Praise for A Handbook for Academic Museums
    "A Handbook for Academic Museums is a vital resource for anyone working in or concerned about such museums.  It will become the standard text for generations to come."
    James Cuno, President & CEO, The J. Paul Getty Trust

    Academic museums are a means through which the academy can engage with the community, both local and national, to allow society to gain access to knowledge - A Handbook for Academic Museums demonstrates how this is made possible."
    Kate Pretty, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, University of Cambridge.

    "These volumes contain responses to the new realities for college and university museums from some of the leading thinkers in the field on a variety of issues… Some of these thoughts are bound to be controversial. So much the better.”
    William U. Eiland, Director, Georgia Museum of Art

    "The many fine essays contained in this useful Handbook broadly represent the rich range of activity and thought presently underway throughout the world of higher education and will delight all readers."
    Jock Reynolds, The Henry J. Heinz II Director, Yale University Art Gallery

    “The essays in this volume provide insight into a range of complex issues facing college and university museums. This Handbook is essential reading for all who work with and benefit from these unique institutions.”
    Kimerly Rorschach, Director, Seattle Art Museum; President, Association of Art Museum Directors; and previouslyMary D. B. T. and James H. Semans Director, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

    "This publication is an extraordinary resource for anyone interested in museums, teaching, and curating." 
    Michael R. Taylor, Director, Hood Museum of Art 

    Publication contents



    The College Art Museum As The Crossroads 
    John R. Stomberg, Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

    Transforming the Manchester Museum 
    Nicholas Merriman, The Manchester Museum
    Public Engagement, Research and Teaching: The Shared Aims of the University of Aberdeen and its Museums 
    Neil G. Curtis, University of Aberdeen

    Getting Everyone to Think with Things: New Approaches to Teaching and Learning at the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University 
    Steven Lubar & Emily Stokes Rees, Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology, Brown University

    The Mellon Foundation: Transforming College and University Art Museums in the U.S. 
    Stefanie S. Jandl, Independent Museum Professional

    Conditions of Success: The Exemplary Campus Art Museum and its Parent Organization
    Corrine Glesne, Independent Museum Professional


    Modeling Governance Structures for University Museums and Collections 
    Andrew Simpson, Macquarie University, Australia

    Something for Everyone? The Great North Museum at Newcastle University 
    Eric Cross, Newcastle University, Rhiannon Mason, International Centre for Cultural and Heritage Studies and Steve McLean, Tyne & Wear Archives and Museums

    Constituencies of an Academic Art Museum 
    Brian T. Allen, Addison Gallery of American Art, Phillips Academy

    A New Governance Model 
    Jill Hartz, Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, University of Oregon  

    Straight Talk on Building a Positive Relationship with University Administration
    Lyndel King, Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum, University of Minnesota


    Small, New and Regional: Meeting the Challenges of a Young University Art Museum 
    Lisa Chandler, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia

    From Residence to Relevance:  Making an Academic Museum at Harford Community College
    Ann S. Persson, Hays-Heighe House, Harford Community College

    Ukrainian University Museums - The Search for New Paths 
    Liliya Kazantzeva, Astronomical Museum, Kyiv National Taras Shevchenko University, Ukraine 

    Expanding the Museum: A Study of the University of Virginia Art Museum 
    Taylor Horak, Virginia Commonwealth University

    Brand in the Shadow 
    Margot Wallace, Columbia College Chicago


    A Space for Innovation and Experimentation: University Museums as Test Beds for New Digital Technologies 
    Tonya Nelson, Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, University College London and Sally MacDonald, University College London

    Creating a Virtual Museum of Antiquities: An Interactive Teaching Tool 
    Michael Schmitz, University of New England, Australia

    Social Media as a Tool for Cultivating Relationships with Staff and Students at a University Museum 
    Pippa Gardner, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, University of East Anglia 


    Integrating Community-Based Learning and Stimulating Connectedness while Commemorating the Peace Corps' 50th Anniversary 
    Stephen Whittington, Abbey Keener and Roman Safiullin, Museum of Anthropology, Wake Forest University


    Trustees of Parent Organizations: Just Doing Their Job
    Mark S. Gold, Parese Sabin Smith & Gold, LLP

    Randolph College: A Study in Governance and Decision-making 
    John E. Klein and Peter Dean, Randolph College

    When the Unthinkable Happens: Fault Lines and Horizon Lines at the Rose Art Museum 
    Nancy J. Scott, Brandeis University

    Issues Regarding Donor Intent in the Fisk-O'Keeffe Litigation 
    Donn Zaretsky, John Silberman Associates, PC

    About the editors
    Stefanie S Jandl is an independent museum professional with expertise in strengthening the teaching role of academic museums within their campus communities. She was the Andrew W. Mellon Associate Curator for Academic Programs at the Williams College Museum of Art in Williamstown, MA, where she helped strengthen the museum’s Mellon Foundation-funded academic outreach program. Jandl has organized numerous exhibitions, including the Labeltalk series, and has published on Man Ray. She has a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Southern California and an M.A. in Art History from Williams College.  

    Mark S Gold is a partner in the law firm of Parese, Sabin, Smith & Gold, LLP, in Williamstown, MA. His diverse practice includes non-profit and museum law and he has done considerable research into the ethical rules on using the proceeds of deaccessioning. Gold is a Board Member of the New England Museum Association and holds a B.A. in International Studies and Economics from The American University, a master’s degree in Museum Studies from Harvard University and a law degree from Georgetown University.  

    Publication details

    Title: A Handbook for Academic Museums: Beyond Exhibitions and Education
    Editors: Stefanie S Jandl and Mark S Gold 
    ISBN: 978-1-907697-55-5 [paperback] | 978-1-907697-56-2 [hardback]
    Pages: 664
    Price: £64.95 [paperback] | £94.95 [hardback]
    Publisher: MuseumsEtc

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