Collecting vs. Hoarding: One Collection Manager’s Perspective

As a young child I was encouraged to collect. Both my mother and father had collected stamps as children and my mother wanted to pass on the legacy of treasured albums with dog eared pages and handwritten labels. But I was a child of the eighties. Stamps were boring. I preferred to collect erasers. I was passionate about collecting novelty, brightly coloured, scented, strictly unused, pencil erasers. I had a tall glass jar in which they were stored and I would regularly tip them all out and examine them one by one. I loved them. I showed them proudly to visitors.

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Is metaspace a better space?

While digital technology continues to assume normative status in the daily operations of museums, galleries and heritage sites, there exists a growing body of digital reincarnations of these spaces on the internet, or metaspace. Their extreme sophistication and wide applicability gives rise to an uncomfortable question: Is metaspace a better space; are the digital, web-based reincarnations of museums, galleries and heritage sites beginning to supersede their physical incumbents?

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Can you crowdfund GLAM?

Crowdfunding has created exciting opportunities for artists and entrepreneurs, but what sort of opportunities does it offer to GLAM institutions? I believe crowdfunding provides a way for museums to engage with communities and interest groups and give those communities a sense of ownership of a project from the outset of the project.

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Minding the gaps

To look at it in terms of who it represents, the internet provides a broad and deep snapshot of contemporary Māori life. The accessibility it affords us to understand our people as we are right now is unsurpassed. It is therefore imperative that we find ways to record how we are living online, and it is through this representation that we may avoid some of the gaps in knowledge that were perpetuated by our collecting forebears.

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