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The collections at the University of Vienna  [PDF]
Claudia Feigl
University Museums and Collections Journal , 2008,
Abstract: A project to identify and promote the entire collections of the University of Vienna has demonstrated the need for curatorial support networks to assist those responsible for caring for them.
The Collections of the University of Applied Arts Vienna  [PDF]
Elisabeth Frottier,Patrick Werkner
University Museums and Collections Journal , 2008,
Abstract: The Collections of the University of Applied Arts include works of art, architecture and design, and have recently expanded to incorporate costume and fashion collections. They are actively used in research and teaching.
University museums and collections in Mexico  [PDF]
Luisa Fernanda Rico Mansard
University Museums and Collections Journal , 2008,
Abstract: Through five questions that connect the university heritage and the museums, the author points out the convenience of thinking the university museums as spaces of interaction. This patrimonial perspective can increase the social values of the museums and the universities as well. To achieve this goal, it is important to generate interaudiences interested in the appreciation and protection of the musealized heritage and to assume the glocal dimension. These new paradigms can help to consolidate a university museology.
Evoking humanity: Reflections on the importance of university museums and collections  [PDF]
Alan D. Gilbert
University Museums and Collections Journal , 2009,
Abstract: In this paper, Professor Alan Gilbert, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Manchester, welcomes UMAC delegates and explains why he feels that museums in general - and university museums in particular - are singularly important.
Relocation and revaluation in university collections, or, Rubbish Theory revisited
Mark A. Meadow
University Museums and Collections Journal , 2010,
Abstract: Objects move from place to place, discipline to discipline, into and out of collections within the university (even at times into and out of the university). In the course of these relocations, these objects also continually change in function and in value. By looking at university collections in a holistic and trans-disciplinary manner, a model of multiple, simultaneous and highly dynamic value systems better explains how such transformations are possible. Within the contexts of the university and of the theme of this conference, “Putting University Collections to Work in Research and Teaching”, understanding these processes – migration, disciplinary shifts, alterations in the utility and worth assigned – is essential to making smart policy decisions concerning the stewardship of all university collections. In this paper, I look toward and beyond models of object circulation and revaluation such as Michael Thompson’s Rubbish Theory to explain how these metamorphoses take place.
20:20 Hindsight. Retrofitting research relevance to the University Art Collections at Trinity College, Dublin  [PDF]
Catherine Giltrap
University Museums and Collections Journal , 2010,
Abstract: This paper considers the role of university art collections as meaningful contributors to the achievement of institutional goals relating to excellence in research, teaching and outreach. The discussion takes as its focus The University of Dublin, Trinity College, established in 1592, providing undergraduate and postgraduate courses in a wide range of disciplines. As practical fine art courses are not part of the teaching agenda, the university’s art collections have evolved mainly as a historical narrative of the significant figures and achievements of its parent institution, parallel to the core business of research and teaching. While the other academic collections at the university, from anatomy to zoology, were generated by object based learning, it was only from 1959 onwards that the art collections were actively developed and exploited as a catalyst for informal learning and interdisciplinary engagement, driven by the actions of one man in particular, the late George W. P. Dawson, genetics professor. 20:20 hindsight – or the clearer perception of the significance of events after they have occurred – has been used as a guiding principle for the present renaissance of the utility of the art collections. The author, as curator of the Art Collections, has taken inspiration from the actions of George Dawson to prepare to retrofit formal systems of meaningful associations between the art collections and research and teaching. In an era that requires clear correlations between demands on funding and fulfilling campus-wide strategic objectives, university art collections such as at Trinity College Dublin are becoming more formally integrated into academic programmes as the useful educational and interpretive tools that many have been on standby to be for centuries.
New perspectives and audiences for the university collections in Amsterdam
Steph Scholten
University Museums and Collections Journal , 2010,
Abstract: Major investments and organizational restructuring have led to important changes for the collections and museums of the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. These developments, which have resulted in a rather large centralized heritage organization within the university, are presented in this article. It will be argued that by pulling resources and by closer cooperation, smaller university museums and collections could reach better results more efficiently.
The challenges for Austrian university museums and collections within the University Law 2002
Monika Knofler
University Museums and Collections Journal , 2008,
Abstract: The Austrian University Law of 2002 has brought about legal and financial changes within universities. Some of these changes are welcome, but others pose new challenges for university collections, which must adapt if they are to survive.
Unpacked: The collections of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg  [PDF]
Marion Maria Ruisinger
University Museums and Collections Journal , 2008,
Abstract: The Friedrich Alexander University of Erlangen-Nuremberg (FAU), Germany, holds about 17 scientific collections. Some of them have been established only recently, others date back to the very foundation of the university in 1743 or even have their roots in the Kunst- und Wunderkammern of the Margraves of Ansbach and Bayreuth. The collections differ not only with regard to their history, but also concerning their size, accessibility and presentation and the extent to which they are utilised for academic teaching and research. // In spite of these differences, the collections show common characteristics as well: First, they all contain three-dimensional objects which have an immense potential for the communication of science and for the representation of the university to the public. Second, the objects are all subject to fairly similar problems regarding the basic museological tasks of collecting, preserving, researching on and presenting them. // Given these shared needs and opportunities, the curators of the collections organised themselves into a working group about three years ago. As a first step, information material (leaflet, set of postcards) was published and an information platform (www.sammlungen.uni-erlangen.de) was established. In the summer term 2007, with the support of the university's administration, the working group mounted a campaign to inform the general public about the widely unknown treasures of the university’s collections. This campaign used different ways and means to achieve its aim. // This paper presents the central event of this campaign, the exhibition “Unpacked: The collections of the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg”. The project faced the problem of putting 17 collections on the scene without creating an "omnium gatherum". The paper focuses, therefore, on the concept of the exhibition. And it poses the final question "What to do next?" One answer could be the formation of a nationwide "task force on university collections" for the discussion of common problems and possible solutions.
Online collaboration and knowledge dissemination for university collections
Alain Massé,William Houtart Massé
University Museums and Collections Journal , 2010,
Abstract: Universities and university museums are faced with numerous challenges regarding access to their collections for diverse user communities. In today’s electronic age, a new model has emerged for granting online access to collections. This paper will present some challenges and successes of current solutions in use by Carleton University’s Great Lakes Research Alliance for the Study Aboriginal Arts and Culture (GRASAC), the University of Pennsylvania Museum collaborative virtual exhibition Tipatshimuna and the McCord Museum, formerly administered by McGill University. The research and knowledge dissemination mandate of universities, together with the issues surrounding the repatriation of objects, online collaboration and access to collections, the digital form presents a real opportunity to benefits universities, researchers, students and the general public.
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