Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105544
Title:
The Changing Nature of Information Work in Museums
Author:
Marty, Paul F.
Citation:
The Changing Nature of Information Work in Museums 2007,
Issue Date:
2007
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/105544
Submitted date:
2007-03-06
Abstract:
This paper presents results from twenty-one semi-structured interviews with museum information professionals (MIPs) who were asked about their experiences working with information resources, tools, and technologies. Interviews were analyzed to determine 1) the challenges MIPs face as they adapt to changing technical capabilities and strive to meet the changing needs and expectations of museum users; and 2) the coping mechanisms MIPs employ on the job that enable them to deal effectively with those challenges. The paper presents the results of this analysis, exploring how MIPs cope with the changing nature of information work in museums by relying on thirteen different strategies, including assessing new technologies in relation to the museumâ s core mission, helping museum professionals embrace new ideas about information access and provision, and promoting internal practices that encourage the sharing of information and the integration of information science into museum work. The paper discusses the implications of these challenges and strategies for current and future MIPs, and assesses their impact on changing perceptions, roles, and research for information professionals in museums as they work to meet the information needs of all museum users.
Type:
Preprint
Language:
en
Keywords:
Museums; User Studies
Local subject classification:
Museum informatics; Museum information professionals; Information work in museums

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorMarty, Paul F.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-03-06T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:27:11Z-
dc.date.issued2007en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-03-06en_US
dc.identifier.citationThe Changing Nature of Information Work in Museums 2007,en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/105544-
dc.description.abstractThis paper presents results from twenty-one semi-structured interviews with museum information professionals (MIPs) who were asked about their experiences working with information resources, tools, and technologies. Interviews were analyzed to determine 1) the challenges MIPs face as they adapt to changing technical capabilities and strive to meet the changing needs and expectations of museum users; and 2) the coping mechanisms MIPs employ on the job that enable them to deal effectively with those challenges. The paper presents the results of this analysis, exploring how MIPs cope with the changing nature of information work in museums by relying on thirteen different strategies, including assessing new technologies in relation to the museumâ s core mission, helping museum professionals embrace new ideas about information access and provision, and promoting internal practices that encourage the sharing of information and the integration of information science into museum work. The paper discusses the implications of these challenges and strategies for current and future MIPs, and assesses their impact on changing perceptions, roles, and research for information professionals in museums as they work to meet the information needs of all museum users.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.subjectMuseumsen_US
dc.subjectUser Studiesen_US
dc.subject.otherMuseum informaticsen_US
dc.subject.otherMuseum information professionalsen_US
dc.subject.otherInformation work in museumsen_US
dc.titleThe Changing Nature of Information Work in Museumsen_US
dc.typePreprinten_US
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