Now in its 4th edition, the SPECTRUM Standard is used by more than 7,000 museums in 40 countries worldwide to improve the management, sustainability and use of their Collections.
What is SPECTRUM?
SPECTRUM is an open, freely-available standard developed through a collaboration of 300 museum professionals. It has two main parts
- A set of 21 Procedures which show, using flowcharts, the main management processes in the Museum. These procedures can be used to review and improve the practice in any size of museum;
- A set of Units of Information which museums need to collect during the management process to support public access, accountability and efficiency.
What are SPECTRUM Procedures?
SPECTRUM Procedures are simple workflows which show how the museums systems and processes can be used to manage key functions such as acquiring new material, assessing risk, managing copyright or making and receiving loans.
SPECTRUM Procedures are not a rigid structure which museums have to follow. Instead, they provide a framework which allows the museum to respond to the needs of its collections and audiences.
Why use SPECTRUM?
SPECTRUM brings together the knowledge, experise and experience of hundreds of museums. It has been tested in thousands of institutions, at all scales from national museums to small local and volunteer-run societies.
Using SPECTRUM ensures that your museum is delivering excellence and meeting its public responsibility. Most museums adopting SPECTRUM for the first time find that it already reflects most of their current practice!
SPECTRUM around the world
SPECTRUM is currently available in Dutch, Flemish and German versions, with additional versions in French, Greek, Arabic and Portuguese currently under development.
SPECTRUM is completely free, and is maintained as an open standard on behalf of the international museum community by the Collections Trust.
Download your copy of SPECTRUM today at:http://www.collectionslink.org.uk/programmes/spectrum