Exercise 1: Quiz – The How and Why of Documenting Collections
- Circle the right answer or write the answer in the space provided.
- There is only one right answer.
- A well-documented collection encourages sound management and promotion of the objects.
- The only way to conserve the collections in the long run is to preserve their physical integrity.
- A collection's descriptive system or documentation system, is a logical, ordered and meticulous organization of the information on each of the elements making up the collections.
- An inventory is a systematic and meticulous survey of the descriptive and contextual information on each element of a collection.
- We can distinguish three main processes when documenting the collections:
- a) counts, physical inventory, cataloguing
- b) counts, cataloguing, digitization
- c) cataloguing, physical inventory, digitization
- d) cataloguing, counts, digitization
- The collections' physical inventory enables you:
- a) to answer only basic questions about the nature and number of objects found in the collections;
- b) to determine the nature and size of the collections in order to plan storage space more precisely;
- c) to systematically organize detailed descriptive information on objects and to gain a scientific understanding of the collection.
- List the advantages and disadvantages of each documenting process.
- Physical inventory:
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