Care > Assets
- Physical ("Collections"
- Information Management and Communication
- Knowledge and Skills (Individual and Collective)
- Cultural Heritage (Documentation, authenticity, context,
- Social (Membership, Visitors, Community, Professionals)
There are two intrinsic assets:
- the collections, which are tangible, limited and
- its stewardship, which includes a learning organization
whose structure, cöoperative management, knowledge and
skill are intangible yet unlimited and renewable.
In careful combination, through records, risk management, preservation
treatments (including interpretation), and in service to the
public, these create a third asset:
Extrinsic, renewable, intangible, added cultural value through
collections stewardship: preservation and interpretation
of the collection and its stewardship. The value of the collection
is augmented by its stewardship (research, preservation and
interpretation) by stakeholders: board and staff, and members,
professionals and the public who are not only "customers"
but investors who, through interpretation and education, appreciate
the value and, through involvement and investment, value the
appreciation of the steward's shared assets.
Cultural Property: Objects that are judged by society, or by
some of its members, to be of historical, artistic, social or
scientific importance. Cultural property can be classified into
two major categories:
Movable objects such as works of art, artifacts, books,
archival material and other objects of natural, historical
or archaeological origin.
Immovable objects such as monuments, architecture, archaeological
sites and structures of historical or artistic interest.
D. Glossary, Code
of Ethics, Canadian
Association for Conservation of Cultural Property
and of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators.
Social Capital: Whereas physical capital refers to physical
objects and human capital refers to the properties of individuals,
social capital refers to connections among individuals
social networks and the norms of reciprocity and trustworthiness
that arise from them. In that sense social capital is closely
related to what some have called civic virtue. The
difference is that social capital calls attention
to the fact that civic virtue is most powerful when embedded
in a sense network of reciprocal social relations. A society
of many virtuous but isolated individuals is not necessarily
rich in social capital.
Putnam, R. D. Bowling Alone. The collapse and revival
of American community, New York: Simon and Schuster, 200.