The Era of Joyful Harvest: Collection Management Department
For a museum, what matters is not the architecture, but its collection. This is what we have emphasized in the past. Without the collection and knowledge, the museum does not exist. Hence, collection and research constitute the essential core of a museum and the rapid expansion of specimen collection somehow reflects this meaning.
The National Museum of Natural Science had routinely added approximately 30,000 to 40,000 specimens to its collection every year but the yearly increase has risen to over 60,000 pieces these years. In 2005, we had collected 113,116 specimens only then 67,628 specimens were added to our collection in 2006. Consequently, by the end of 2006, the Museum had collected 832,277 specimens. The growth is close to double the average number over the years. In particular, the insect specimens donated by Professor Sato, which was registered as the collection in 2006, showed the scale and integrity of insect specimens in the Museum. Overall, it was an era of joyful harvest for the Museum.
The significant increase in our collection was the efforts made by all staff of the collection and research departments. To achieve this outcome, the Museum followed a specific processing strategy. The Collection Management Department(hereafter as CMD) is in charge of the coordinated meeting in which all five departments determine the collection goal for the year. Based on different characteristics, functions, and responsibilities, each department then decides the number of specimens to be registered. The registered amount monthly provided by CMD is issued as a reference for each division. Then, the progress would be reviewed at the quarterly coordinated meeting. Generally speaking, the Museum was able to achieve the goal because nobody was afraid to challenge themselves and everyone worked to improve both their spontaneity and coordination.
Left: A large number of the insect specimens were donated by Professor Sato
Right: The award for "the Outstanding Group in Cross-Strait Communications of Technology and Sports"
Source: Biennial Report of the National Museum of Natural Science (2005-2006)