After the success of institutions of higher education such as Middlebury College, Lawrence University, Bowdoin College, and Bucknell University in managing their campus museum and gallery collections with Shared Shelf, Artstor is now making its multimedia collection management software available to museums. If you would like to try Shared Shelf at your institution, please contact us at email@example.com or call +1 212-500-2421.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art was the first museum to adopt Shared Shelf, and we’ve invited Evan B. Towle, their Librarian for Digital Collections and Services, to share his experience.
Shared Shelf in the large museum
The Philadelphia Museum of Art has been exploring the use of Shared Shelf within the museum environment for roughly a year and a half, introducing it in stages. In the first stage, “study images” for upcoming exhibitions were delivered through the Shared Shelf and Artstor tools to our corps of volunteers so they could study for upcoming exhibitions at home. In the second stage, archival exhibition views were cataloged into Shared Shelf to test its ability to represent these materials alongside similar installation shots from peer museums in Artstor, and they were further shared through Shared Shelf Commons. In the third stage, we explore Shared Shelf as tool for managing all non-object museum assets. These include archival photographs, event photography, recorded lectures, portraits of executives, and views of our various museum sites.