From Docent to Cyberdocent: Education and Guidance in the Virtual Museum
Source: Archives and Museum Informatics, Volume 13, Number 1, 1999 , pp. 23-53(31)
Abstract:The paper explores the nature of docents' work in museums. From this is derived the concept of the docent function to describe different aspects of that work, some of which may be performed by other people and also by objects such as maps and guidebooks. This analysis leads to the idea of the Cyberdocent – an extension of the docent function to take advantage of new possibilities afforded by advanced technologies. The potential of the Cyberdocent in both virtual and real museums is investigated. The authors claim that it is the provision of docent functions that make a physical museum more than merely a collection, and equally, it is by the provision of Cyberdocent functionality that a virtual collection becomes a virtual museum.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: 1: School of Information Systems, Technology and Management, University of New South Wales, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 2: Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Publication date: 1999-01-01