Friday, June 05, 2009

"If deaccessioning does occur, let's hope that we do not have to follow the well-meaning but problematic practices of A6959"

Peter Hirtle has the latest on the Brodsky Bill:

"The good news: I assume in reaction to the concern expressed by museums, zoos, and libraries, the bill governing deaccessioning from museums was pulled from the Ways and Means committee's calendar on Tuesday. I gather that staff from Assemblyman Brodsky's and Senator Serrano's offices have begun discussions with some concerned community representatives. The bad news: An amended version of the bill is circulating in Albany. This bill makes it crystal-clear that it does not just cover museum deaccessioning, but would cover deaccessioning from 'collecting institutions' - meaning libraries, archives, historical societies, zoos, and private foundations."