G. Wayne Clough, Best of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in the Digital Age

(2013-11-15 001)TitleBest of Both Worlds: Museums, Libraries, and Archives in a Digital Age

Author: G. Wayne Clough

Publication Information: Washington, DC: Published by Smithsonian Institution, c2013

ISBN: 978-0-9819500-1-3

Library of Congress Classification: Q11.S8

Library of Congress Subject Headings:
Smithsonian Institution–Planning
Museums–Technological innovations
Museums–Educational aspects
Libraries–Technological innovations
Archives–Technological innovations
Digital media
Cultural property–Digitization
Learning

Clough is the secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. His entire focus of is that the new technology bringing about a digital humanities for archives, libraries and museums should not be seen as destructive but as innovative. This technology is allowing the public to find out what resources are in archives, libraries and museums, thereby titillating the interests of those on the Internet into wanting to visit the institutions and explore the collections even more.

Just as importantly, the differing institutions can now partner and collaborate on various online exhibitions, thereby giving the public a powerful tool to educate and increase interest. Also, partnering with K-12 brings a new way to teach information to those already savvy in online access. Clough does credit libraries and archives as among the first to adopt digital technology. Libraries and archives not only promoted “open access” but also used social media to allow the  interaction with what the public encounters online; comments and re-postings only enhanced the information online and generate attention for those institutions.

According to Clough, the Internet is fundamental to a democracy simply because it promotes the free flow of information. (I assume he would support Net Neutrality.) Clough’s book is free to download.

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