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This issue of the journal features a note from the editor, two articles, four book reviews, and supplemental material. In “Silent Legacy: The Story of Vasily Konovalenko’s Gem-Carving Sculptures,” Stephen E. Nash and Frances Alley Kruger examine Russian artist the life and work of Vasily Konovalenko (1929-1989), as well as the unusual circumstances that led to the two exhibitions, their role in Konovalenko’s relative obscurity, and a recent resurgence of interest.
In “Exploring the Concept of a ‘Legacy’ Collection: A Study on German WWI Paper Textiles at the National Museum of American History,” Kathleen King questions the value of keeping objects that no longer support the current mission statement of a museum by using a collection of surplus German military objects composed of woven paper from the First World War in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History as a case study. Jessica Williams reviews Introduction to Metadata, edited by Murtha Baca. Anna Heineman reviews Uncertain Images: Museums and the Work of Photographs, edited by Elizabeth Edwards and Sigrid Lien. Hannah Marsh reviews House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, & the Story of Life on Earth, by Richard Conniff. Margot Note reviews Museums, Ethics and Cultural Heritage, edited by Bernice L. Murphy. Additional content includes listing and information about six additions to the Editorial Board of the journal and a call for papers.

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Editor’s Note

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Editor’s Note

Welcome to another year of Collections: A Journal for Museum and Archives Professionals. This is the beginning of my tenth year of editing this journal—from my initial foray at guest editing two issues that considered public art as a collection (04:02 and 04:03) and the following issue that I edited as the journal transitioned from outgoing editor, Pamela J. White, to me. That was 2008. The journal was then in its fifth year.

Since that time, my own teaching, exhibition and collections-related work, and scholarship, have been influenced by the submissions that have come my way or by the suggestions from readers, authors, and Editorial Board members as to important work being done by scholars, practitioners, and paraprofessionals throughout the world. (Though our readership is primarily in North America and Europe, we do reach five continents regularly.) My work has also influenced what appears in the journal, of course. It is with sheer gratitude, as well as awe and wonder, that I prepare each issue for publication.

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Silent Legacy: The Story of Vasily Konovalenko’s Gem-Carving Sculptures

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Silent Legacy

The Story of Vasily Konovalenko’s Gem-Carving Sculptures

Stephen E. Nash

Curator of Archaeology and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO; Stephen.nash@dmns.org

Frances Alley Kruger

Senior Exhibit Developer, Denver Museum of Nature & Science, 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, Frances.kruger@dmns.org

Abstract  During a career that spanned four decades, Russian artist Vasily Konovalenko (1929–1989) produced more than 70 sculptures carved from gems, minerals, and other raw materials. As unorthodox, compelling, and masterful as Konovalenko’s sculptures are, they had been poorly published and poorly known. They are on permanent display at only two museums in the world: the small and obscure State Gems Museum (Samotsvety) in Moscow, Russia, and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science (DMNS), a major natural history museum in Colorado, the United States. This article examines Konovalenko’s life and work, as well as the unusual circumstances that led to the two exhibitions, their role in Konovalenko’s relative obscurity, and a recent resurgence of interest.

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Exploring the Concept of a “Legacy” Collection: A Study on German World War I Paper Textiles at the National Museum of American History

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Exploring the Concept of a “Legacy” Collection

A Study on German World War I Paper Textiles at the National Museum of American History

Kathleen King

Assistant Registrar, The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st NW, Washington, DC 20052; kking15@gwu.edu

Abstract  Using a collection of surplus German military objects composed of woven paper from World War I in the Smithsonian National Museum of American History as a case study, this article questions the value of keeping objects that no longer support the current mission statement of a museum, or if they ever did. It does not aim to answer definitively such a tough question, as a multitude of factors and stakeholders are involved with such a decision, but rather it seeks to bring this subject matter to the fore of collections and curatorial management, to explore best practices, and to examine if such best practices are being readily followed. The objects’ history, manufacturing processes, materiality, conservation concerns, and significance are explored in an effort to build context around the objects and to determine the appropriateness of their occupancy within the museum.

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Introduction to Metadataedited by Murtha Baca

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Introduction to Metadata

Edited by Murtha Baca. 3rd edition. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2016. 96 pages. ISBN: 978-1-60606-479-5. Read online for free: http://www.getty.edu/publications/intrometadata/

Reviewed by Jessica Williams, Associate Collection Information Manager, Digital Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028; jessica.williams@metmuseum.org

Introduction to Metadata provides an overview of metadata and examines the methods, tools, and standards for presenting digital resources on the web. The guide focuses on the function of metadata in expanding access and use of digital collections in museums, libraries, and archives. The third edition has been updated to explore the changes in metadata standards and technologies in the information field, and includes an expanded glossary of terms. The guide is available as an online resource with updates posted on the project repository site GitHub.

In the initial chapter “Setting the Stage,” Anne Gilliland provides an overview of metadata for museums, libraries, and archives. Gilliland explains the types of metadata standards, including structure, value, content, and format/technical exchange, and the purpose of standards to maintain the quality, consistency, and interoperability of metadata. She examines the types and functions of metadata, including administrative, descriptive, preservation, technical, and use. She also focuses on the role of metadata in improving access, maintaining context, and expanding use of digital resources.

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Uncertain Images: Museums and the Work of Photographs edited by Elizabeth Edwards and Sigrid Lien

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Introduction to Metadata

Edited by Murtha Baca. 3rd edition. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2016. 96 pages. ISBN: 978-1-60606-479-5. Read online for free: http://www.getty.edu/publications/intrometadata/

Reviewed by Jessica Williams, Associate Collection Information Manager, Digital Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028; jessica.williams@metmuseum.org

Introduction to Metadata provides an overview of metadata and examines the methods, tools, and standards for presenting digital resources on the web. The guide focuses on the function of metadata in expanding access and use of digital collections in museums, libraries, and archives. The third edition has been updated to explore the changes in metadata standards and technologies in the information field, and includes an expanded glossary of terms. The guide is available as an online resource with updates posted on the project repository site GitHub.

In the initial chapter “Setting the Stage,” Anne Gilliland provides an overview of metadata for museums, libraries, and archives. Gilliland explains the types of metadata standards, including structure, value, content, and format/technical exchange, and the purpose of standards to maintain the quality, consistency, and interoperability of metadata. She examines the types and functions of metadata, including administrative, descriptive, preservation, technical, and use. She also focuses on the role of metadata in improving access, maintaining context, and expanding use of digital resources.

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House of Lost Worlds: Dinosaurs, Dynasties, and the Story of Life on Earthby Richard Conniff

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Introduction to Metadata

Edited by Murtha Baca. 3rd edition. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2016. 96 pages. ISBN: 978-1-60606-479-5. Read online for free: http://www.getty.edu/publications/intrometadata/

Reviewed by Jessica Williams, Associate Collection Information Manager, Digital Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028; jessica.williams@metmuseum.org

Introduction to Metadata provides an overview of metadata and examines the methods, tools, and standards for presenting digital resources on the web. The guide focuses on the function of metadata in expanding access and use of digital collections in museums, libraries, and archives. The third edition has been updated to explore the changes in metadata standards and technologies in the information field, and includes an expanded glossary of terms. The guide is available as an online resource with updates posted on the project repository site GitHub.

In the initial chapter “Setting the Stage,” Anne Gilliland provides an overview of metadata for museums, libraries, and archives. Gilliland explains the types of metadata standards, including structure, value, content, and format/technical exchange, and the purpose of standards to maintain the quality, consistency, and interoperability of metadata. She examines the types and functions of metadata, including administrative, descriptive, preservation, technical, and use. She also focuses on the role of metadata in improving access, maintaining context, and expanding use of digital resources.

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Museums, Ethics and Cultural Heritage edited by Bernice L. Murphy

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Introduction to Metadata

Edited by Murtha Baca. 3rd edition. Los Angeles: Getty Publications, 2016. 96 pages. ISBN: 978-1-60606-479-5. Read online for free: http://www.getty.edu/publications/intrometadata/

Reviewed by Jessica Williams, Associate Collection Information Manager, Digital Department, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10028; jessica.williams@metmuseum.org

Introduction to Metadata provides an overview of metadata and examines the methods, tools, and standards for presenting digital resources on the web. The guide focuses on the function of metadata in expanding access and use of digital collections in museums, libraries, and archives. The third edition has been updated to explore the changes in metadata standards and technologies in the information field, and includes an expanded glossary of terms. The guide is available as an online resource with updates posted on the project repository site GitHub.

In the initial chapter “Setting the Stage,” Anne Gilliland provides an overview of metadata for museums, libraries, and archives. Gilliland explains the types of metadata standards, including structure, value, content, and format/technical exchange, and the purpose of standards to maintain the quality, consistency, and interoperability of metadata. She examines the types and functions of metadata, including administrative, descriptive, preservation, technical, and use. She also focuses on the role of metadata in improving access, maintaining context, and expanding use of digital resources.

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Journal Welcomes New Board Members!

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Journal Welcomes New Editorial Board Members!

If you enjoy the journal, thank an Editorial Board member. You see, members of the Editorial Board fulfill key roles in the success of Collections. Working closely with the Editor, the Editorial Board helps to achieve the journal’s mission and, moreover, contributes to the journal in a variety of ways.

Key roles of the Editorial Board include:

•reviewing or arranging for peer review of a reasonable number of manuscripts per year and

•serving as guest editor(s), when appropriate, based on specialized expertise.

In addition, the Editorial Board:

•encourages appropriate submissions from a range of museum and archive professionals;

•provides contributor contacts for the Editor to solicit manuscripts;

•identifies books, symposia, conferences, and projects for review;

•locates reviewers for books, symposia, events, and the like;

•assists the Editor in keeping abreast of trends and issues in the field;

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Call for Papers and Proposals

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Diane Bruxvoort

University of Aberdeen

Diane Bruxvoort joined the University of Aberdeen’s Library, Special Collections and Museums as university librarian and director in the spring of 2014. Before this, she was the senior associate dean serving as deputy to the dean of Libraries at the University of Florida with responsibility for collections, acquisitions, cataloguing, public services, digital services, and special collections. Previously, Bruxvoort worked at the University of Houston Libraries for 10 years starting as the head of Access Services and ending her time there as the associate dean for Collections. While at Houston, she provided leadership for a major building program, led the transition to electronic access to journals, and affected a major redesign of the library website.

Before moving into academic libraries, she spent 17 years working in public libraries in and around Houston, Texas. Bruxvoort is president of the Library Leadership, Administration, and Management Division of the American Library Association.

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