January 9th, 2012
In this edition of the Beacon...
"The Cuddy" events & people happenings
We have two Museum Studies Program workshops coming up this spring! To register, download and mail usthis form.
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.
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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.
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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!
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!
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.
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 www.youngcanadaworks.gc.ca.