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MUSE Awards Collection


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Abstract: The MUSE Awards is an annual competition sponsored by the Media and Technology Committee of the American Association of Museums (AAM) to recognize excellence in museum media projects and are presented to institutions or independent producers that use digital media to enhance the museum experience and engage new audiences. The AAM is a professional organization for museums that develops standards and best practices, while connecting institutions and providing advocacy. Projects must be produced by or for a museum, including video, Web sites, podcasts, multimedia installations, interactive kiosks in the museum or cell phone audio tours. The collection consists of videocassettes, DVDs, CD-ROMs, audio CDs, interactive media, websites and other visual projects that represent a broad range of topics in art, history, and science. All videos submitted for the awards are added to the collection, but not all projects are sent.



Creator: American Association of Museums.--Media and Technology Committee

Biographical/Organizational History: The MUSE Awards is an annual competition recognizing achievement in museum media that is sponsored by the international Media and Technology Committee of the American Association of Museums (AAM). The AAM is the professional organization for museums, developing standards and best practices, connecting institutions and providing advocacy. As the largest organization acting for the museum industry, the AAM represents everyone connected with museums from professionals to volunteers and the entire range of museums from art and history museums to zoos and botanical gardens.

The awards were initiated in 1990 to recognize excellence in museum media productions and are presented to institutions or independent producers that use digital media to enhance the museum experience and engage new audiences. The awards recognize scholarship, innovation, creativity and inclusivity. Projects must be produced by or for a museum, including video, Web sites, podcasts, multimedia installations, interactive kiosks in the museum or cell phone audio tours. MUSE Award winners demonstrate outstanding achievement in the following areas: success in meeting the stated educational goals; visual design; production quality; functionality, appropriate use of technology; and overall appeal. The committee looks for excellence in interpreting an exhibit or a theme; making object or image databases interesting and accessible; and connecting people and collections. Winning projects for each category are chosen by an international group of museum media professionals and the awards are presented at the AAM annual conference.


Arrangement and Organization: The collection is arranged in one series:
MUSE Awards Submissions, 1991-present.
The series consists of videocassettes, DVDs and CD-Roms produced by and for museums across the United States.



Separated Materials: None

Inclusive Dates: 1991-

Scope and Content: The collection consists of videocassette tapes, DVDs, CD-ROMs, CDs, sound recordings, interactive media, websites and other visual projects produced by and for museums across the United States. The media represent a broad range of topics in art, history, and science, from 1991 to the present. All materials submitted for the awards are added to the collection. All videos and interactive media have been cataloged and are searchable through Penrose Library's online catalog using a keyword search on 'MUSE Awards Collection'.

Collection Number: M178

Size: 29 - linear feet, 29 record boxes

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