Critical Resource Issues and Controversy
Critical Resource Issues
interpretation of controversy requires mastery of the
techniques and applications in section III. of Module
340 component "Appropriate Technique: Connecting
Multiple Resource Meanings to Multiple Audience Interests
and Perspectives" and Module Draft—Interpreting
Multiple Points of View.
completion of this component, the learner will be able
how controversial subjects and perspectives can
present opportunities for facilitating emotional
and intellectual connections to the meanings of
interpret controversial subjects and perspectives.
is the result of multiple resource meanings and/or
audience perspectives competing for emphasis in
presentations or influence on policy and management
new data, policies, theories, or interpretations
will cause controversy.
competing resource meanings or audience perspectives
are relevant to the resource and audiences.
means the topic is relevant
means people care about the resource.
people care about, there is great potential
for them to care for the resource.
not purposefully create controversy or avoid controversy
that is relevant to the resource and audiences.
controversy is present, use it to provide opportunities
for audiences to make their own intellectual and
emotional connections to the meanings of the resource.
not attempt to interpret controversy when audiences
have a primary agenda of challenging or changing
policy, interrupting interpretive programs or
operations, or insulting interpreters or management.
Those audiences are outside the scope of interpretation.
In such cases:
when facilitating opportunities for audience
connections to the resource is no longer likely
to succeed and;
a different service is required for those audiences,
for example informational briefings, public
hearings, negotiation, political strategy, and;
appropriate service to those audiences (these
services are usually determined by and often
implemented by management) and/or;
disengage from interpretive efforts and/or;
in a manner as directed by management.
and acknowledge the rights of audience members
to hold and maintain their beliefs.
meanings and perspectives on the resource usually
application usually disarms controversy, allows
for different perspectives to dialogue, and
provides opportunities for audiences with a
variety of perspectives to make personal connections
with the meanings of the resource.
that resource meanings and audience perspectives
toward those meanings can conflict.
audience members to consider alternative perspectives
and determine their own "truth."
that some resource meanings and audience perspectives
suggest behaviors that are destructive to the
resource and/or audiences.
Acknowledge agencies are responsible for making
preservation decisions based on scientific observation,
research, and scholarship.
and understand agency decision making process
and positions on resource management and preservation.
appropriate, articulate and interpret agency
decision making process and positions on preservation
within the context of differing positions.
that, except for preservation issues, the agency
has no official position on the meanings of
the resource and that the resource is an appropriate
place for the exploration of multiple meanings
what is known and what is not known and perspectives
the processes by which information is known
potential or possible explanations for what
is not known and reasons why perspectives conflict—this
can be very provoking.
multiple explanations and point out the complexity
of science and history.
plan for interpreting controversial issues.
all potential resource meanings (KR) relevant
to the issue.
all potential audience perspectives (KA) on
about potentially controversial topics with resource
management and management.
for or against the use of interpretation to
the degree it can be effective in facilitating
opportunities for intellectual and emotional
connections to the resource.
plan and approach for interpreting a controversial
specific instructions on appropriate actions
to take when confronted by ideology or politics
that lie outside the scope of interpretation.
a potentially controversial subject for your resource.
Research both the subject as well as the potential audiences.
Connect resource meanings to audience interests and
perspectives and develop an interpretive product that
accurately and without manipulation describes multiple
resource meanings and audience perspectives, establishes
a mutual environment of respect, and provokes greater
understanding of multiple perspectives. Discuss the
development of the interpretive product as well as the
interpretive product itself with your supervisor.