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Collections Management Survey Invitation

  • 1.  Collections Management Survey Invitation

    Posted 12-14-2017 07:21 PM
    Dear AAMers,

    If you're in the collections management world, you may have seen the recent press release from LYRASIS ( regarding their award from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to study collections technology in museums. The Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC) will be partnering with Ithaka S+R to investigate the technology landscape and evolving tactics and strategy around collections management. As institutions become more digitally savvy and our audience's expectations of access and interaction with our collections change, we're attempting to study the issue of whether our collections management technologies are appropriately supporting us or keeping pace.

    The study will be a combination of survey and interviews and the survey part is now ready ( I very much hope you will take time to participate, this is a great opportunity for all of us involved directly or indirectly with collections management to share how we are using those systems and the challenges and opportunities we face. Please contribute your voice and opinions. We will be reporting out to the community starting in Spring of 2018 and already have some confirmed conference sessions to discuss our findings, including AAM Phoenix. We envision the findings will be relevant and valuable to the collections management communities, museum leadership and the vendors who support us.

    Collections management is a broad topic and fundamental to our missions and so the survey is necessarily detailed. SurveyGizmo tells me it should take 19 minutes to complete, it also grades it low on Fatigue and high on Accessibility, with all but the last question requiring that you write something rather than select an option or grade a statement. It can be anonymous if that helps with your candor, but I'm hoping you'll let us know who you are.

    Here's the link: please take the survey or forward to a colleague who will.

    Thank you in advance.

    And, in the interests of having a discussion on this list on the topic, preliminary insight suggests that all is not well in collections-management-technology-land, with a majority percentage of institutions looking or about to start looking for a replacement CMS. Are you satisfied with your Collections Management System?



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