Standards for Saskatchewan Museums (4th Edition)
Museums exist as expressions of public trust.
Standards acknowledge the public accountability of museums and their responsibility to make collections available and meaningful to that public and to do so in an honest, unbiased manner. Standards contribute to fulfilling the obligations of public trust by creating reference points for standard practices which museums can work towards in their planning.
The Museums Association of Saskatchewan defines standards as models of achievable excellence, covering all aspects of museum operations and relevant to the diverse institutions in the provincial museum community. Additionally, MAS describes standards as a consistent set of operational goals, and a comprehensive set of operational guidelines.
Standards For Saskatchewan Museums was developed by the Museums Association of Saskatchewan for the Saskatchewan museum community in all its diversity.
The original 1988 edition of Standards For Saskatchewan Museums was researched and written by: Kathryn Zedde, MA., Standards Project Coordinator, in consultation with the Saskatchewan museum community.
The 2001 edition relied on the contributions of a number of people and their assistance is gratefully acknowledged. In 1999 Sarah Stacy interned with MAS and created the framework for the revised Standard For Saskatchewan Museums, and in 2000 Dianna Thompson was contracted to produce the first draft of the document. Many people reviewed draft versions of the revised standards document, offering important comments and suggestions regarding concepts, language, organization and format. The work was completed by Wendy Fitch with the valuable assistance of the MAS Board of Directors, the First Peoples and Saskatchewan Museums Committee and the Special Interest Group (now known as Learning Collective) Leaders.
In 2010 Sandra Massey was contracted to review the document and make recommendations for changes and additions. The community was again consulted and provided valuable feedback.
Although Standards For Saskatchewan Museums has been written specifically for the Saskatchewan museum community, the standards do not differ substantially in content or priority from what is considered to be good museum practice in Canada and elsewhere in the world.
The 2010, 4th Edition of Standards For Saskatchewan Museums is now available.
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