PAS 197:2009 Code of practice for cultural collections management

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PAS 197:2009

Code of practice for cultural collections management

Status : Current   Published : January 2009



PAS 197 Code of practice for cultural collections management

The UK’s museums, archives and libraries hold some of the world’s richest and most diverse cultural collections. These collections are used to educate, to inform and to entertain. They provide a rich resource for research and innovation.

Museums, archives and libraries are responsible for striking a balance between the preservation of collections and the provision of access to them, so that they can continue to be accessible for future generations.

A new generation of practitioners are bringing new expertise to cultural collections management, in areas such as project and programme management, knowledge management and fundraising. Driving this multi-disciplinary approach is an understanding that the sustainability of collections is a holistic issue.

Sponsored by the Collections Trust (formerly MDA), this Publicly Available Specification aims to codify a holistic approach to the management of cultural collections by setting out a series of recommendations relating to good practice in the field. It gives recommendations for the management of cultural collections by collecting organizations such as archives, libraries, museums and other public and private collecting organizations that hold cultural collections.

PAS 197 covers the provision, implementation and maintenance of a collections management framework, including policies, processes and procedures for:

a) collections development
b) collections information
c) collections access
d) collections care and conservation. 

It is applicable to all types and sizes of cultural collections. 

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Standard NumberPAS 197:2009
TitleCode of practice for cultural collections management
Publication Date28 January 2009
Cross ReferencesBS 25999-1:2006, BS 31100, BS EN ISO 9000:2005, BS EN ISO 9001, BS EN ISO 14001:2004, BS ISO 15489-1, BS OHSAS 18001, PAS 99, PD ISO/IEC Guide 73:2002, PD ISO/TR 15489-2, Freedom of Information Act 2000, Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002, Data Protection Act 1998, Disability Discrimination Act 2005, Environmental Information Regulations 2004
DescriptorsAccess, Records management, Archives, Library and information science, Conservation, Culture, Libraries, Management, Information operations, Archive documents, Museums, Museum services, Exhibitions
ISBN978 0 580 61352 4
File Size5.879 MB

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