Almost all public museums in Egypt, including the Nubia Museum and
the Luxor Museum, have been endeavouring to get independent or autonomous
management. Such a tendency is common to public museums all over
the world. Public museums in the U.S.A. have been managing themselves
rather more independently than ones in Europe or other areas.
In order to secure and maintain such independent or autonomous management,
a museum needs to, first of all, establish its own sustainable management
system. It is an essential condition for establishing a sustainable
management to continuously endeavour to extend and enrich revenues;
furthermore, it is also a required condition to keep a sound cash-flow
by dynamically balancing incomes and expenses.
Not only in the financial aspect, but also in operational aspect,
such a sense of dynamic balance enables sustainable management:
namely, a balance between education and entertainment, exhibition
and research, quality control and market extension, etc.
Independent or autonomous management also means that a public museum
will be privatized, within its legal range, somehow. The Bibliotheca
Alexandrina is one of the typical examples in Egypt.
Accountability for finance is at the very beginning to privatize
a public museum. It is indispensable and supportive for establishing
sustainable management to make and keep the financial management
as transparent as possible.
The ICT infrastructure will enable such transparent financial management
by extensively networking all relevant internal museum sections
and by constantly publicizing financial data and records through
Almost all major museums in the world, including the Bibliotheca
Alexandrina in Egypt, have been endeavouring to successively increase
their funding with the aim to achieve further stable management.
Thus they are making their utmost efforts for raising initial funding.
One of the most essential keys to successively raising funds will
be to draw a perspective vision of museumfs future activities and
share tangible but romantic, programmes for materializing the vision
with the public through extensive publicity supported by the ICT
The attached photograph is the Bibliotheca Alexandrina which was
recently constructed near the original site of the great library
founded in the early 3rd century BC.