The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

New Book Out

The Exemplary Museum is the result of a twelve-month study into campus art museums in the USA commissioned by the Samuel H Kress Foundation. The book's findings and methodology are of international significance for both university museums and art museums generally.

Although visitors to America's 700-plus campus art museums have almost quadrupled in the last 50 years, until now little was known about the visitor experience within them - a situation reflected internationally. This pioneering book changes all that...

Focusing on "exemplary" museums - those which are models of best practice - the book explores the challenges and conditions for success for university art museums. Among the fundamental issues explored are:
* how are these museums integrated into the lives of their users?
* how do users interact with these museums beyond the academic curriculum?
* what organisational cultures and systems best support these museums?

When you order The Exemplary Museum now you'll save up to 15% on the published price - and receive a free Digital Edition to read on any device.

For full details of the book's content, the author, and to place an order, please visit: www.museumsetc.com/products/exemplary

Publication contents
* Introduction
* The Effects and Influences of the Great Kress Giveaway
* Art Across the Curriculum
* Museum Art in Everyday Life
* Challenges and Conditions of Success for Campus Art Museums
* Bibliography
* Appendixes:
* 1: Acronyms and Abbreviations
* 2: Mission Statements
* 3: Why Respondents Became Interested in Art Museums
* 4: Interviews with Art Museum Directors
* 5: Educational Uses of Technology
* 6: Interview Questions

About the author
Corrine Glesne is a qualitative researcher, educational anthropologist, and author of the text Becoming Qualitative Researchers (Pearson, 2011, 4th ed.) In 2011, she investigated ways in which academic art museums are integrated into university and college life for the Samuel H Kress Foundation, embarking on a year-long qualitative study of the “exemplary” academic art museum that involved interviews with museum personnel, campus administrators, faculty from multiple disciplines, students, and community members at diverse sites.

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