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New paper online about convergence and professional education in archives, museums and libraries


Emerging Convergence? Thoughts on museums, archives, libraries and professional training

J. Trant, Archives & Museum Informatics
[author's pre-print of article to appear in Museum Management and Curatorship, Vol. 24, no. 4, Dec. 2009.]

Abstract

While ‘convergence' has been a topic of much discussion in the museum, archive and library communities, the emerging similarities between these three types of cultural heritage institutions - most apparent in their on-line activities - are not yet evident in the education of professionals who work in them. Curriculum models still support traditional definitions of the roles, functions and audiences of archives, libraries and museums. Professional practice can evolve in the context provided by digital heritage and digital curation, and to respond in a manner that supports common goals across institution types. New interdisciplinary foci for professional training can provide skills needed across the sector, while respecting the distinct histories, cultural roles and responsibilities of libraries, archives and museums.

Keywords: convergence, education, curriculum, archival studies, library science, museum studies

Preprint available from  http://www.archimuse.com/papers/trantConvergence0908-final.pdf

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