52 for 150: What’s So Special About Your Library’s Museum Plus System?

September is National Museum Month, so for week 38 of our Kansas sesquicentennial video series we’re focusing on our collections management system, Museum Plus.

Remember library card catalogs? These wooden cabinets, which contained records for every library book, video or magazine on a 4″x5″ card, are virtually obsolete and have been replaced with searchable online databases. Many museums, including the library’s collection of fine art and artifacts, are outgrowing these paper systems and converting years of collection records to digital database files. This will take time, but eventually you’ll be able to browse our art collection online.


About 52 for 150

Every object has a story, and stories build history. To celebrate 150 years of Kansas statehood we’re featuring 52 objects (or collections of related objects)—something new each week throughout the year—from the Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library’s 130-year-old special, and permanent collections, that represent our collective state history and cultural diversity.

Our collections are available for teachers, students, researchers and general interest, and we hope this online video program will provide insight into what’s so “special” about Special Collections. Your library’s commitment to collecting art and preserving local history makes it possible for users today and in the future to have immediate access to invaluable research material and cultural artifacts.

Our Special Collections database is in development. For more information about its implementation progress, contact our Museum Plus coordinators Zan Popp, Collections Manager (785-4586 / zpopp@tscpl.org) or Brea Black, Special Collections Librarian (785-4512 / bblack@tscpl.org).


Heather Kearns

I've been the Sabatini Gallery's associate curator since 2004 and social media coordinator since 2008. My passion is helping people “get“ art, and by that I mean creating an environment both in-house and online which fosters a greater understanding, confidence, and sense of enjoyment from the art experience. Art should be easy to access and available to everyone. I take helping people very seriously.