Museums

Authored by: Leslie Madsen-Brooks

Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science, Fourth Edition

Print publication date:  November  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781466552593
eBook ISBN: 9781315116143
Adobe ISBN:

10.1081/E-ELIS4-120053390

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Abstract

Museums are diverse institutions—and grow more so. Few museums have remained untouched by shifting paradigms of research, education, and leisure activities. During the late twentieth century, museums increased their emphasis on their public educational missions. As part of these efforts, museums and related institutions, such as planetaria, botanical gardens, and zoos, are embracing new ways of engaging with audiences, for example through new technologies or during special events that emphasize civic discourse. Despite the opportunities offered by these new approaches, museums continue to wrestle with issues of funding and larger cultural politics.

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