Mailing List Message #114864
From: Cliff Lynch <>
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Subject: Two Ithaka S+R reports on museums
Date: Sun, 15 Nov 2020 11:30:50 -0500
In the last few days (it's getting really hard to keep up with everything that seems to be happening suddenly!) Ithaka S+R has issued two really interesting and useful reports.

The first is a survey of art museum directors, completed just before the pandemic started in March 2020, and doesn't take into account the effects of that or other subsequent events. Of particular interest to me are the comments about deaccessions works that are not "strategic" to institutional collections, which loom large in light of changes to the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) policies on deaccessions and decisions being made by various museums in response to both extreme financial pressures and desires to change the composition of their collections. These issues have important stewardship implications. See

The second report deals with relationships between academic museums and libraries. This is an issue of long-standing interest to CNI, and in fact the report positions itself in the context of a series of meetings that started with an event hosted at the University of Miami in 2016, co-convened  by CNI, the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries (AAMG)  and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) , with support from the Mellon and Kress foundations. It examines a number of recent case studies exploring these relationships and opportunities. See

Clifford Lynch
Director, CNI
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