A Deaccession Reader

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Although deaccessioning may be broadly accepted today within the museum community as an all-but routine (which is not to say simple) aspect of collections management, to much of the public it remains at odds with what people conceive the museum to be: a permanent repository, a great barrel of amber in which things--once dropped--will be forever preserved. When a museum purposes today to deaccession one or more significant objects from its collection, it is all but inevitable that a considerable degree of public discussion will follow. The museum that intents to deaccession must be will prepared for that discussion