Lynn Kicks Off UF’s “Building Dialogue around Collections: Libraries, Museums, and Museum Studies”

Today, Lynn Dierking is visiting her alma mater, University of Florida, in Gainesville, as the kick-off speaker for a university-wide initiative called, “Building Dialogue About Collections with Museum Educators and Libraries.” This project’s goal is to formalize a community of practice among UF’s George A. Smathers Libraries, the Florida Museum of Natural History (where Lynn conducted her dissertation research on families), and the Hart Art Museum. The focus of project dialogue will be around collections, including conversations about access to collections, presentation and exhibition spaces and the impact of collections on research, learning, campus, and community inclusivity. Lynn will discuss: (1) the importance of collection access, presentation & exhibition spaces, all through the lens of trends in libraries and museums; (2) the potential impacts of collections on research, learning, campus, & community inclusivity; (3) Characteristics of healthy Community of Practice (CoP); and, (4) how to be of value at the level of individual, group, community and society. This talk also will discuss the efforts of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) to conduct a consensus study about the future of biological collections; Dierking is serving on a national committee to conduct this work.