natural history museums
Download
Skip this Video
Download Presentation
NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS

Loading in 2 Seconds...

play fullscreen
1 / 17

Christine Montville : Natural History Museum Libraries - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • 562 Views
  • Uploaded on

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS. WHAT IS A NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM LIBRARY?. Museum based on science (not art) Multidisciplinary. PURPOSES. Scientific & scholarly research Specimen collections “Edutainment” -Steven Asma. HISTORY. First appeared about 300 years ago

loader
I am the owner, or an agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner, of the copyrighted work described.
capcha
Download Presentation

PowerPoint Slideshow about 'Christine Montville : Natural History Museum Libraries' - JasminFlorian


An Image/Link below is provided (as is) to download presentation

Download Policy: Content on the Website is provided to you AS IS for your information and personal use and may not be sold / licensed / shared on other websites without getting consent from its author.While downloading, if for some reason you are not able to download a presentation, the publisher may have deleted the file from their server.


- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - E N D - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Presentation Transcript
what is a natural history museum library
WHAT IS A NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM LIBRARY?
  • Museum based on science (not art)
  • Multidisciplinary
purposes
PURPOSES
  • Scientific & scholarly research
  • Specimen collections
  • “Edutainment” -Steven Asma
history
HISTORY
  • First appeared about 300 years ago
  • Precursor: Cabinet of Curiosities
  • Royal Society (London) – collects Cabinets of Curiosities for scientific study (late 1600s)
  • VIP: Linnaeus – published “Systema naturae” in mid 1700s – taxonomic classification system
history1
HISTORY
  • VIP – Charles Darwin – published “Origin of species” in 1859 – focus of natural history museums changes inventory of nature to proponents of Darwin’s theory of evolution
  • After Darwin’s theory accepted – focus turns to exotica (i.e. dinosaurs)
  • Today – focus shifting again, from exotica to biodiversity & conservation
disciplines represented
Anatomy

Astronomy

Anthropology

Archaeology

Botany

Entomology

Geology

Oceanography

Paleontology

Zoology

DISCIPLINES REPRESENTED
geographic distribution
GEOGRAPHIC DISTRIBUTION
  • Widely distributed across the country
  • Larger museum primarily in large cities
  • Smaller museums may be found almost everywhere
diversity
DIVERSITY
  • Great variety
  • Arboretums, planetariums, and zoos can be classified as natural history museums
  • Many small, specialized collections
specialized collections
SPECIALIZED COLLECTIONS
  • American International Rattlesnake Museum (Albuquerque, NM)
  • Citrus Variety Collection (University of California)
  • Culture Collection of Microorganisms from Extreme Environments (University of Oregon)
  • Mycological Herbarium (Washington State University
major categories
MAJOR CATEGORIES
  • Public Museums of Natural History
  • University Museums of Natural History
public natural history museum libraries
PUBLIC NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM LIBRARIES
  • 100 – 500 thousand volumes, 5 – 15 staff
  • up to 500 journal subscriptions
  • Reference, circulation, ILL (usually limited to museum curators)
  • Users: curators, researchers, the general public (with limitations)
prominent public natural history museums
PROMINENT PUBLIC NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS
  • American Museum of Natural History (New York, NY) – largest in US
  • Field Museum of Natural History (Chicago, IL)
  • National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian (Washington, DC)
  • Museum of Natural History (London) – huge - one million volumes!
prominent university natural history libraries
PROMINENT UNIVERSITY NATURAL HISTORY LIBRARIES
  • Harvard Museum of Natural History (Cambridge, MA) – Ernst Mayr Library
  • Peabody Museum of Natural History at Yale University (New Haven, CT) – many small specialty libraries within Kline Science Library
  • State Universities – many have natural history museum libraries – but not URI
rhode island natural history museums
RHODE ISLAND NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUMS
  • Museum of Natural History and Planetarium (Roger Williams Park, Providence, RI) – no professional librarian – small collection cared for by curator
libraries
LIBRARIES
  • 130 natural history museum libraries in the US
  • Primary users: curators & outside researchers
  • Usually open to public with limitations
collections
COLLECTIONS
  • Works on various disciplines, history of science, and museology
  • Online journals (hundreds!)
  • Archives on museum history (expeditions, museum research)
  • Specimen collection databases [Field Museum]
  • Maps, taxonomic drawings [London Natural History Museum]
sla affiliations
SLA AFFILIATIONS
  • Natural History Caucus
  • Multiple divisions: Museum, Arts & Humanities; Environment & Resource Management; Biological Sciences
  • Promotes professional development, cooperation, and resource sharing among it members.
ad