ANSM Beacon eNewsletter - January 9, 2012

January 9th, 2012

In this edition of the Beacon...
  • Spring Workshops
  • Advisory Service - Important News
  • 2012 Fall Conference Update
  • Call For Your Events

"The Cuddy" events & people happenings
  • The CNSA-NADP Adjudication Committee has extended the deadline to January 13th, 2012
  • Registration for the Canadian Museum Association's 2012 National Conference
  • Community Jobs and Facilities Improvement Fund
  • The Student Career Skills Development Program is accepting applications
  • Young Canada Works (YCW) program is now accepting applications
  • AASLH is offering free webinars

Spring Workshops

We have two Museum Studies Program workshops coming up this spring! To register, download and mail usthis form.

Museums 101
: April 12 & 13, 2012
Location: Queens County Museum, 109 Main Street, Liverpool
Facilitator: Karin Kierstead, ANSM Museum Advisor

Museums 101 is the introductory module for a series of eight workshops covering core museological functions: collections management & curatorship, interpretation, museums & community, facility management, management & governance and marketing.

For more information, click here.

Collections Management
Date: May 10 & 11, 2012
Location: Whitney Pier Historical Museum, 88 Mount Pleasant Street, Sydney
Facilitator: Karin Kierstead, ANSM Museum Advisor

Good collection management practices are the backbone of solid museum management. This workshop offers a comprehensive introduction to the main functions of managing a museum collection.

For more information, click here.

Advisory Service – Important News

The 2012 service contracts were sent to ANSM members participating in the Advisory Service (Passage Project) in December. A reminder to participating museums that completed contracts, with annual service fee, are due by January 31, 2012. 

In 2012, we are opening the full Advisory Service to up to five new or returning museum organisations. ANSM requires membership in good standing for participating museums and a simple application process relating to organisational collections management/information technology capacity. Participation in this year’s full (Sustaining) Advisory Service is on a first come first served basis. Interested organisations are encouraged to get in touch with our Museums Advisor, Karin Kierstead, as soon as possible if interested in participating in this important province wide initiative. The full (Sustaining) Advisory Service is offered at the very reasonable rate of $250.00/year. Returning organisations or those with existing collections databases may have some extra fees relating to data preparation/migration into the CollectiveAccess system.

This year ANSM also introduces a new Supporting Advisory Service level at a fee for service of $100/year. The new service level will be implemented in conjunction with the membership year cycle of June-May. The Supporting level offers all the benefits of the Advisory Service without requiring participation in the collections management database system. More details will be made available as June approaches, but an important aspect of this new service level is the potential for inclusion in the new public collections website ANSM will be launching at the fall conference in 2012. The public website will initially include collections information accessible through the CollectiveAccess system, but future plans look toward broadening and strengthening the resource to include Nova Scotian collections content housed in other database systems. The potential is very exciting!

2012 Fall Conference Update

As many of our members will be aware, ANSM has decided to move its annual conference and AGM from spring to fall presentation. In 2012, we are delighted to be hosted by Acadia University, Wolfville, September 13 - 14 in their beautiful Fountain Commons facility. The university serves as a major sponsor for the conference which is only fitting as this year’s theme is Engaging Youth. The theme was chosen by participants at last year’s conference and plans are underway to provide a rich and inspiring program.

The Local Arrangements Committee, chaired by Sherry Griffin of the Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum, has begun its work and has solid representation from both the local museum community and the university. Mark the dates as you will not want to miss this year’s conference!

Call For Your Events  

Nova Scotian museums are brimming with creative events. We know that you are planning something exciting, and we want to help you get the word out. Email us with info on your plans, and we’ll post it on our Facebook page. (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The CNSA-NADP Adjudication Committee has extended the deadline for 2012-13 applications to 4:00pm, Friday, January 13th, 2012.  If you have questions about the NADP program or the grant process please contact Karen White, CNSA Archives Advisor, 424-7093 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Registration is now open for the Canadian Museum Association's 2012 National Conference,
 occurring April 23rd-27th in the National Capital Region. Click here for more information. 

Communities, Culture and Heritage have unveiled the Community Jobs and Facilities Improvement Fund.The $2 million fund will enhance community facilities and public spaces operated by non-profit community organizations. See their press release for more information. 

The Student Career Skills Development Program (SCSDP) is accepting applications until January 31, 2012.It partners with not-for-profit organizations to create career-related summer jobs for post-secondary students. 
Note: The  program has changed to include the co-op student program. There is a change in the salary re-imbursement  ratio. See their website for program guidelines and application forms.

Canadian Museum Association (CMA) is accepting applications for the 2012-2013 Young Canada Works (YCW) programs until February 1, 2012. A substantial portion of the summer jobs program funding is reserved exclusively for small and medium-sized museums. Applications must be submitted online at

AASLH is offering free webinars! "Redefining Audiences" is on Jan 27th. Pre registration is necessary. See their website for more information.