Sergey Cherkalin
Rybinsk State Historical, Architectural and Art Museum Preserve
Has been working in museum field since
The recording date of the interview
January 08, 2013


And it is a great achievement of ours that, with the support of the Ford Foundation, we have been able to digitalize them all and make 45000 items public through our online catalogue.

Text of the interview

Sergey Cherkalin is the Director of the Rybinsk State Historical, Architectural and Art Museum Preserve. In 2000 this museum was the first one in Russia to publish its collections online. Sergey Cherkalin talks about how he moved in his career from an engineer to a  museum director, argues about museum management in a small Russian city, and describes the role of ICTs in the Rybinsk museum.

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  • Who did you want to be growing up?
  • Where did you study?
  • When and how did you start working in the museum field?
  • In which museum department did you start your career?
  • Could you describe how your career was evolving?
  • What was your idea of what ICTs could do when you were only beginning to work with them? Which dreams did you have?
  • When you first encountered ICTs did you feel that they were necessary in a museum, appropriate, important?
  • Where were the first computers in your museum?
  • Which role do ICTs play in your museum today?
  • What do you think is going to be the future or ICTs in your museum? Any ideas about the future?