Do partnerships help produce a better desired outcome? Can public libraries gain from integrating with museums and members of the museology field?

There are factors for both advocating and resisting long lasting partnerships or integrations between these two organizations.

However, the core of both fields represents significant pillars in society’s public programming, engagement and education.

In this post the integration of museums and libraries will be discussed.

Collaboration

Public libraries are known to continuously evolve and adapt with advancements in technology and society. Not only do public libraries evolve but they tend to be the platform to educate the public about the information they have adopted. Think new technologies, media, and knowledge. Public libraries are safe spaces which allow members of the community exposure to new technology which helps them develop skills such as 3-D printing, laser cutting, music editing etc. which is not readily accessible to the public in the same way.

Public libraries are safe spaces which allow members of the community exposure to new technology which helps them develop skills such as 3-D printing, laser cutting, music editing etc. which is not readily accessible to the public in the…

Museums also impact the community and the visitors they serve. As stated in “The role of the Museum in Society” by Emmanuel N. Arinze, museums traditionally collect materials and objects of cultural, religious, historical importance to preserve, research and present them for display to the public for educational purposes as well as enjoyment.

So, could it be the natural next step to consider the possibility of public libraries integrating with museums or exhibitions in the future? If so, this integration could present a complementary holistic service where the strengths of both platforms are fused together to provide a synergy of resources for the visitors and surrounding community.

Possibilities

Having a successful and lasting partnership between libraries and museums could be achieved in multiple ways. For this post, there are three specific scenarios to highlight.

Libraries have small, long term exhibits:

In this scenario libraries could work together with a local museum to hold a specific exhibit for an agreed upon amount of time. This would provide continuity of the museum’s exhibit in a new, more accessible location, and allow for exposure to a different audience within the community.  This would also allow the library to highlight their resources within the exhibit created for the visitors. This would also allow visitors access to one of the greatest resources available – librarians.

Librarians are instrumental in helping find answers to the questions sought out by curious minds. Their work is not only vital, but extremely valuable. This fact would be highlighted by the types of questions inspired by a museum exhibit designed to make visitors think.