A memory institution is an organization maintaining a repository of public knowledge, a generic term used about institutions such as libraries, archives, museums, sites and monuments records (SMR), clearinghouses, providers of digital libraries and data aggregation services which serve as memories for given societies or mankind. Increasingly such institutions are considered as a part of a unified documentation/information science perspective.
Michael Buckland (2012) wrote, "[p]rogress can be made towards a coherent, unified view of the roles of archives, libraries, museums, online information services, and related organizations if they are treated as information-providing services."[irrelevant citation]
Helena Robinson (2012) criticized the term when she wrote, "[r]ather than revealing the essential affiliation between museums, libraries and archives, their sweeping classification as 'memory institutions' in the public sector and the academy oversimplifies the concept of memory, and marginalises domain-specific approaches to the cataloguing, description, interpretation and deployment of collections that lead museums, libraries and archives to engage with history, meaning and memory in significantly different ways."
- Buckland, Michael (2012). What kind of science can information science be? Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 63(1), p. 1–7, doi:10.1002/asi.21656
- Dempsey, Lorcan (1999). Scientific, industrial, and cultural heritage: a shared approach. Ariadne, vol. 5, issue 22, http://www.ariadne.ac.uk/issue22/dempsey/
- Hjerppe, Roland (1994). A framework for the description of generalized documents. Advances in Knowledge Organization, 4, 173–180.
- Hjørland, Birger (2000). Documents, memory institutions and information science. Journal of Documentation, 56(1), 27–41, doi:10.1108/EUM0000000007107
- Robinson, Helena (2012). Remembering things differently: museums, libraries and archives as memory institutions and the implications for convergence. Museum Management and Curatorship, 27(4), 413–429, doi:10.1080/09647775.2012.720188
- Usherwood, Bob, Kerry Wilson & Jared Bryson (2005). Relevant repositories of public knowledge? Libraries, museums and archives in 'the information age'. Journal of Librarianship and Information Science, 37(2), 89–98, doi:10.1177/0961000605055357
|This Wikimedia-related article is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.|