Friday, September 19, 2008

Hidden Treasures for Museum People

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the US National Parks Service has created a clear, simple and comprehensive Museum Handbook that is free and available online. Given that the Parks Service is responsible for the stewardship of hundreds of parks (I stopped counting, when I arrived at "C" in the index and already reached 40 parks), I should have realized sooner that museums, as much as parks, are their core business. They maintain an attractive, but limited because it is static, website , that gives you a feel for the scope and value of the collections in their care. The site carries the somewhat uninspiring name, Museum Management Program that points to a web 1.0 creation whose end ought to be near. I'd love to see this site undertake to engage visitors through the Web 2.0 technology that is available.

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