In Spring 2020, the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals (GOEMP)
Committee ran a survey for Ontario’s emerging museum professional (EMP) community focused on identifying the experiences and needs of EMPs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the results, the Committee immediately created advocacy and professional development initiatives to address EMP needs at this time. One such PD initiative is a “Ask Me Anything” webinar series digitally connecting EMPs at home with a highly experienced museum professional who is enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and expertise. Our two sessions in partnership with the Ontario Museum Association - one with exhibition designer Sarah Beam-Borg and one with interpretive planner Irene Chalmers - were a resounding hit, and we're excited to bring you a third edition, this time with expert conservator Susan Maltby!
This session will consist of 3 key components in the style of “Ask Me Anything” format popularized on social media in recent years. “Ask”
refers to questions posed by emerging museum professionals in the Ontario community - whether to the OMA during registration for the webinar, to the GOEMP Committee via the blog post announcing this webinar, or directly to our guest in real time during the webinar. “Me”
refers to Susan Maltby, who came forward to generously volunteer her time to make her rich experience as a conservator through this platform. “Anything”
references any topic that intersects with the museum sector, museum jobs, museum networking, etc… anything that may be of interest to EMPs who would benefit from this information at this stage in their careers!
GOEMP Committee Chair Madeline Smolarz will join Susan as moderator to keep track of and pose incoming questions on behalf of the EMP community.
Susan Maltby has a Masters of Art Conservation from Queen’s University specializing in artifact conservation and has been in the field for over 30 years. Her consulting firm was established in 1988 after having worked for the Canadian Conservation Institute for four years. Her firm offers a variety of services including artifact treatment, training seminars, collection surveys, advice on collections care and management, and conservation guidelines for exhibits, museums and heritage structures. Susan has extensive experience working with a variety of museums and museum collections.
In addition to her consulting work, Susan teaches a graduate seminar, "The Museum Environment," for the Museum Studies Program, University of Toronto, “Caring for Museum Collections” for the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management Program, has taught in the Art Conservation Program at Queen's University and was an instructor at the Campbell Center for Historic Preservation Studies, Mt. Carroll, Illinois. She is a regular columnist for Coin World (“Preserving Collectibles”) and has contributed to Scott's Stamp Monthly, and Old-House Journal.