Presented in an easily digestible format, this go-to desktop reference guide provides explanations and clarifications on a variety of legal issues and concerns facing today’s museum professional in over 200 plain-language dictionary entries. Alphabetized and extensively cross-referenced, this text will provide a quick go-to when a general introduction to or refresher of a concept is needed on the go, including:
The second edition adds over 40 new dictionary entries that address emerging issues in the field such as the 2019 FASB update and direct care of collections, plus new topics such as marital property and business structures.
The text is divided into three main sections:
Further, the supplemental, in-focus section includes new chapters on museum deaccessioning and disposal, business structures, and worker classification and independent contractors in addition to updated chapters on topics ranging from intellectual property to business formation, tax-exempt status, and worker classification.
Written by a past museum director with legal training, this reference book is intended to be kept within arm’s reach at a desk and be the first stop for a professional whenever a question arises.
Heather Hope Kuruvilla is an instructor in arts administration in the master’s programs at Kutztown University and University of Kentucky, and a past instructor in the museum professions master’s program at Seton Hall University. She teaches in the areas of ethical and legal issues and civic engagement through the arts. A museum professional with special interests in the areas of intellectual property, museum governance, civic engagement, and the ethical and thoughtful approach to deaccessioning, Kuruvilla’s past research interests include the intersection of ethics and the law in museum deaccessioning and the impact of the Visual Artists Rights Act on museums. Her seminar article on deaccessioning was awarded honorable mention in the 2011 Lawyers’ Committee for Cultural Heritage Preservation student writing competition. Kuruvilla has professional museum experience in the areas of intellectual property management, exhibit design, and non-profit management. She received her B.A. in art history and psychology from Douglass College, Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), post-baccalaureate certificate in art history from Studio Art Centers International (Florence, Italy), M.A. with honors in museum professions from Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ), and J.D. with a certificate in intellectual property: art & museum law from DePaul University College of Law (Chicago, IL). The recipient of multiple awards, including the CALI Award for Excellence in Cultural Property Law Seminar and the Art Law Award from the Center for Art, Museum & Cultural Heritage Law, Kuruvilla is also a Leopold Schepp Foundation Scholar. While a student, she clerked for the Honorable Arlander Keys of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Honorable La Quietta Hardy-Campbell of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and upon graduation she clerked for the Honorable Melvin Gelade of the New Jersey Superior Court. A strong believer in the importance of service to the museum field, Kuruvilla has participated in panels, discussions, and workshops at regional and national museum conferences and currently serves on a task force for AASLH updating a position paper for the field.
List of Tables
Common Symbols and Their Meanings
Common Acronyms and Their Meanings
List of Statutes
Chapter 1: Museum Law Dictionary
Chapter 2: Ethics and the Law
Chapter 3: Museum Deaccessioning and the Proceeds from Disposal
Chapter 4: An Overview of the Basics of Copyright Law
Chapter 5: Copyright Infringement and the Fair Use Doctrine
Chapter 6: An Introduction to Trademarks
Chapter 7: Intellectual Property Licensing
Chapter 8: Nonprofit Corporations and Tax Exemption
Chapter 9: The Board of Trustees and Their Fiduciary Duty
Chapter 10: Worker Classification: Distinguishing Between an Employee and an Independent Contractor
Chapter 11: Understanding the Various Forms of Business Structures
About the Author
A Legal Dictionary for Museum Professionals, Second Edition is a must for any museum professional's bookshelf. It is a great resource for both new members of the field trying to acclimate to the terminology and seasoned professionals who could use a reference when working on documentation and policies. There are great examples and detailed explanations of not just regularly used legal terms, but also events that are an ongoing part of understanding museum legal issues.
A Legal Dictionary for Museum Professionals, Second Edition by Heather Hope Kuruvilla is an excellent resource for all museum professionals. This book both defines basic museum-related vocabulary and delves deeply into more advanced topics such as copyright laws, NAGPRA, and Holocaust restitution in an accessible way. Later chapters explore trademarks, the duties of a museum’s board of trustees, and more. A Legal Dictionary for Museum Professionals, Second Edition is not only a must-have for collections managers and registrars, but also for museum directors and trustees.
The Legal Dictionary for Museum Professionals, Second Edition provides a comprehensive overview of legal issues that museum professionals face. All subjects are presented in straightforward , easy to comprehend descriptions. The definitions are accessible and include references to texts that go into greater detail. In a series of longer essays, the book also addresses important topics related to the law and ethics, deaccessioning, and board responsibilities as well as copyright and intellectual property, among others. This is an important reference for anyone working in or with a museum — from directors/CEOs and governing board members to staff, contractors, and volunteers alike. It provides an easy entry point for understanding the complex issues with which we should all be more familiar.
This edition of A Legal Dictionary for Museum Professionals is a much-needed and valuable resource for anyone working in museums. Kuruvilla’s clear and concise prose not only clarifies but expounds on the potential legal issues connected to museums. From acquisitions to workers classification, and everything in between, this dictionary provides a comprehensive reference for all types of museums navigating the legal environment today.