Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Museum Administration: An Introduction

Academic journal article Journal of the Illinois State Historical Society

Museum Administration: An Introduction

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Museum Administration: An Introduction. By Hugh H. Genoways and Lynne M. Ireland (Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press, 2003. Pp. vii, 355. References and additional readings, index. Paper, $29.95).

The authors begin their overview of museum administration by posing the question, "Who Wants to Be a Museum Administrator?" Throughout the book, they return to this question as they define the responsibilities and characteristics of the administrator. One of the many strengths of this well written book is the understanding that the role of museum administrator is held, at different times, by virtually every museum employee, paid or unpaid. The authors see administration as a shared responsibility and, consequently, relevant to all.

One of the best books on the subject, Museum Administration easily finds relevance in any senior-level museum studies course. Though a general introduction to museum administration, Genoways and Ireland nevertheless cover the basics, including the museum's documentation papers, organization, board responsibility, planning and development, budgets and accounting, personnel, collections management policies, facilities management, ethics, marketing, public programming, and legal issues. …

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