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Museum Studies: Books
This purpose of this guide is to facilitate research in the area of museum studies.
NYU Libraries' physical buildings are currently closed due to the COVID-19 crisis. If you are looking for a digital version of a book, here are some steps you can take to search for access.
Search Bobcat under Books and More to see if Online Access for the book is already available.
Search by title of the book in any of the databases listed in the boxes below to see if e-book access is provided there.
Email Giana Ricci, Librarian for the Fine Arts, at firstname.lastname@example.org, to see if there are other ways to access the book electronically.
Library of Congress Call Numbers
Want to browse the stacks by call number? NYU Libraries use the Library of Congress classification system. Here is a general list of Library of Congress call numbers for books related to museum studies and collecting. For more specific call number ranges, perform a keyword search in the library catalog to find a sample call number related to your topic. Remember that many books related to museum studies may only be available electronically.
AM1-501 Museums. Collectors
AM10-100 By country
AM 111-160 Museology. Museum
AM 200-501 Collectors and
Research Tip: Museum Publications
When searching for a museum publication in Bobcat, search for the museum name using quotes and the artist name or exhibition title. This will search the words as a complete phrase rather than as separate words.
i.e. "museum of modern art" and faith ringgold.
E-book Databases with Art and Humanities Content
HathiTrustHathiTrust Digital Library is a digital preservation repository and highly functional access platform. It provides long-term preservation and access services for public domain and in copyright content from a variety of sources, including Google, the Internet Archive, Microsoft, and in-house partner institution initiatives. Bibliographic and full text search are available for all volumes in HathiTrust. Public domain volumes are freely accessible to the public and can be downloaded in their entirety with authentication by persons affiliated with partner institutions. NYU Libraries is a HathiTrust partner institution.
Art and Architecture ePortalThe Art & Architecture ePortal database is an eBook resource that features important works of scholarship in the history of art, architecture, decorative arts, photography, and design. Publishers include the Art Institute of Chicago, Harvard Art Museums, the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, the MIT Press, Paul Mellon Centre, Princeton, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Yale Center for British Art, Yale University Art Gallery, and Yale University Press. The database also allows users to search for images within all titles by keyword.
eBook Academic CollectionThe eBook Academic Collection is a multidisciplinary collection that contains all of the ebooks NYU has purchased through Ebsco.
Ebook CentralEbook Central is NYU's preferred ebook provider. Users can search, read, highlight, and annotate full-text books in many subject areas, including the social sciences and humanities.
Digitalia HispánicaDigitalia Hispánica provides full-text access to research in the humanities, fine arts, social sciences, STEM fields, and law from Spanish and Latin American publishers. Coverage includes monographs (eBooks), periodicals, and conference proceedings, as well as a collection of literary texts written originally in Spanish and Spanish translations of literature in other languages.
Museum Basics by Timothy Ambrose; Crispin PaineThis fourth edition of Museum Basics has been produced for use in the many museums worldwide that operate with few professional staff and limited resources. The fourth edition has been fully updated to reflect the many changes that have taken place in museums around the world over the last six years. Drawing from a wide range of practical experience, the authors provide a basic guide to all aspects of museum work, from audience development and learning, through collections management and conservation, to museum management and forward planning. Museum Basics is organised on a modular basis, with over 100 units in eight sections. It can be used both as a reference work to assist day-to-day museum management, and as the key textbook for pre-service and in-service museum training programmes, where it can be supplemented by case studies, project work and group discussion. This edition includes over 100 diagrams to support the text, as well as a glossary, sources of information and support and a select bibliography. Museum Basics is also supported by its own companion website, which provides a wide range of additional resources for readers. Museum Basics aims to help the museum practitioner keep up to date with new thinking about the function of museums and their relationships with the communities they serve. The training materials provided within the book are also suitable for pre-service and in-service students who wish to gain a full understanding of work in a museum.
Call Number: e-book
Publication Date: 2018-03-14
A Bibliography of Museum Studies by Simon J. Knell (Editor)A comprehensive bibliographic reference for students and others wishing to investigate the contemporary literature on museums and collections. The references are systematically arranged into sections including collections management, communication and exhibitions, museum education, material culture, the museums profession and museum management. Compiled from the research and teaching materials of the Department of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester it provides an essential resource for anyone studying, or working in, museums. Containing more than 4,000 references, this new bibliography provides ready access to the literature whether you are developing a disaster plan or visitor survey, or studying the history of museum education.
Call Number: Z5052 .K64 1994 Non-circulating
Publication Date: 1994
A Companion to Museum Studies by Sharon Macdonald (Editor)A Companion to Museum Studies captures the multidisciplinary approach to the study of the development, roles, and significance of museums in contemporary society. Collects first-rate original essays by leading figures from a range of disciplines and theoretical stances, including anthropology, art history, history, literature, sociology, cultural studies, and museum studies Examines the complexity of the museum from cultural, political, curatorial, historical and representational perspectives Covers traditional subjects, such as space, display, buildings, objects and collecting, and more contemporary challenges such as visiting, commerce, community and experimental exhibition forms