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Looking Reality in the Eye: Museums and Social Responsibility

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Robert R. Janes (Editor)
Gerald T. Conaty (Editor)
978-1-55238-393-3 (Institutional PDF)
$29.95 CAD / $34.95 USD
208 pages
9 b&w photos, 3 figures, 1 table, notes, references, index
April 2005


About the Book: 

The articles in this book are outstanding examples of socially responsible museum work, based on the premise that museums, galleries and science centres must move beyond education and entertainment to embrace socially relevant missions. Being a socially responsible museum means addressing issues of relevance to one's community, as well as identifying issues and challenges where a museum's expertise can make a positive difference. This book presents nine rich and diverse case studies of successful civic engagement, which are both practical and engaging. Looking Reality in the Eyeprovides new directions for assisting museums in achieving long-term sustainability within their communities, while at the same time providing a rich source of ideas on how this can be achieved.

About the Author(s): 

Robert R. Janes has a PhD in archaeology from the University of Calgary and is a former president and CEO of the Glenbow Museum in Calgary. He is the editor-in-chief of theJournal of Museum Management and Curatorship.

Gerald T. Conaty has a PhD in archaeology from Simon Fraser University. He is the senior curator of Ethnology at the Glenbow Museum.