Spring into Professional Development

avr 21, 2022
Need to Know
The Digital Strategy -
Intention through Application

Registration Now Open!
Free Webinar
Thursday, April 29, 2022
1:00 pm ET

With the vastly expanding world of technology, museums must be intentional in how they interact in the digital realm. As much as museums would like to do it all, it’s just not practical (or possible!). A strong digital strategy can help guide museums and help them prioritize their efforts and use their limited time and resources on initiatives that serve them and their communities best.

In this webinar, digital media expert Corey Timpson will introduce participants to digital strategy – what it is, why you need one, and how to use it. Corey will be joined by Mary-Katherine Whelan, Curator at the Amherstburg Freedom Museum, to help us think about the practical aspects of digital strategy for small museums. Participants will leave the webinar with a checklist to help them get started on their own museum digital strategy.

This project has been made possible in part by the Government of Canada.

The webinar will be held on Zoom.

Find out more and register HERE.
This webinar is a part of the Small Bytes initiative. 

Small Bytes: Supporting Digitization in Ontario’s Smaller and Rural Museums is an initiative of the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage.

With this initiative, the Ontario Museum Association will provide accessible, high-quality online training opportunities to build the digital capacity and skills of Ontario’s smaller and rural museums, to increase accessibility to their collections through digital initiatives. 

Find out more about the initiative HERE.
OMA Professional Development
Celebrate Careers That Inspire 
#OMAAwards2022 #PrixOMA2022

As Director/Curator of the Timmins Museum, Karen Bachmann has shown her commitment to the museum community throughout her career. Over her 35+ years at the Museum, Karen has led the Museum through relocation, reopening, and renovation. She has worked on over 600 temporary and travelling exhibitions and received the OMA’s Distinguished Career Award of Excellence in 2021. 

Do you know someone like Karen? Or do you share her dedication to the sector? Nominate them or yourself for an OMA Award of Excellence by May 20!

Find out  more about Karen on our YouTube channel HERE.

Read more about the nomination process  HERE.
Other PD Opportunities
CMA National Conference: 
Dismantling Foundations to Build
A Better Tomorrow

Canadian Museums Association
April 26 & 27, 2022 (Virtual)

Join colleagues for two days of discussion and actionable advice to help you and your organization advance Truth and Reconciliation, act sustainably, build relationships with diverse communities, and develop new ways of thinking and doing.

The 2022 CMA Annual Conference will embody the principles of anti-oppression, anti-colonialism, and anti-racism.
Register HERE.

An excerpt from the CMA Board of Directors' message:

"Even as they served to extol the powerful of the day, museums were created to cement and disseminate colonial attitudes and values rooted in the suffering and exploitation of nations, communities, and people.

That was then, but so too, it is now.  

Many museums are now questioning this paradigm and are looking critically at these legacies to become spaces less harmful for those living outside the colonial canon."

Read the full message HERE.
MPOC Mentorship Program
Museum Professionals of Colour

The objective of this program is to provide connections between established museum professionals and emerging museum professionals based on their individual interests in career development and/or research, and create a space for peer support in navigating the cultural sector as members of the underrepresented communities. 

Individuals identify as a member of BIPOC, LGBTQ+, with disabilities, or other marginalized communities. (We welcome applications from people outside these communities but individuals from underrepresented groups will be prioritized.)

Mentees: Individuals with less than three years of experience working in GLAM or other cultural institutions.
Mentors: Individuals with over three years of experience working in GLAM or other cultural institutions.

The application deadline is April 30. 

Read more and register HERE.
How to Manage a Digitization Project
American Association for
State and Local History (AASLH)

Thursday, April 21, 2022
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

Learn the basics of digitization management through understanding how to prepare your materials for digitization, project workflows, and digitization best practices.

This webinar will help organizations enrolled in STEPS address Stewardship of Collections Standard 1: The institution is a good steward of its resources held in the public trust. The Standards and Excellence Program for History Organizations (STEPS) is a self-study, self-paced assessment tool designed specifically for small- to mid-sized history organizations, including volunteer-run institutions. Through a workbook, online resources, and an online community, organizations enrolled in STEPS review their policies and practices and benchmark themselves against national standards.

Cost: $20 AASLH Members / $40 Nonmembers / $15 discount for STEPS participants with promo code found in the online STEPS Community

Read more and register HERE.
Shape the Future: A Strategic Foresight 
American Alliance of Museums and MuseumExpert.org

Tuesday, April 26, 2022
2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST

If the past few years have taught us anything, it’s that even our best-laid plans can wither in the face of unanticipated disruptions. How can we do a better job of anticipating the real future, with all its twists and turns? Enter strategic foresight, the systematic process of scanning for changes on the margins before they become major forces in the mainstream. The Center for the Future of Museums recently released a Strategic Foresight toolkit that can teach you the ropes, offering a comprehensive overview of how to use strategic foresight in your planning, plus slide decks, worksheets, and games to exercise your creativity. Join Elizabeth Merritt, AAM’s Vice President of Strategic Foresight and Founding Director of the Center for the Future of Museums, as she leads you through an overview of what strategic foresight is and an exercise to nurture your inner futurist.

Read more and register HERE.
From Box to Archive:
Working with Paper-Based Collections
Woodland Cultural Centre

Free Workshop
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
10:00 a.m. EST

Through a review of the early stages of the development of the Deyohaha:ge: Indigenous Knowledge Centre, we will explore how a mountain of boxes of various paper-based material was turned into an organized and searchable archive. Learn how you can approach your own collection to better organize, preserve and utilize it.

  • Tanis Hill, Project Coordinator
  • Heather Bomberry, Administrative Assistant/Archivist
Find out more HERE
Register HERE.
Museums as Agents of Change
Association of Nova Scotia Museums

Free Webinar 
Wednesday, April 27, 2022
1:30 p.m.  EST
Museums everywhere have the potential to serve as agents of change—bringing people together, contributing to local communities, and changing people’s lives. So how can we, as individuals, rethink and expand the work of museums to live up to this potential? How can museums begin to enact change around the relevant issues in our local communities? How can we work together to build a stronger culture of equity and care within museums ? Questions like these are increasingly vital for all museum professionals to consider, no matter the size and type of the institution you work with. Through this presentation, Murawski discusses the work we need to do as museum professionals to tap into the energies within all of us to make change happen and proactively shape a new future.

The webinar is presented by Mike Murawski. Mike is the author of Museums as Agents of Change: A Guide to Becoming a Changemaker (2021), author of the Substack publication Agents of Change, and co-producer of Museums Are Not Neutral, a global advocacy campaign calling for equity-based transformation across museums.

Read more and register HERE.
Introduction to the First Nations
Principles of OCAP
(ownership, control, access, possession)
Kingston and Area Association of
Museums, Art Galleries + Historic Sites

Thursday, April 28, 2022
10:00 am to 12:00 pm EST
In this session, you will learn about the First Nations principles of ownership, control, access, and possession – more commonly known as OCAP®, and why understanding these principles and their implementation is critical to cultural heritage work.

Please register to attend on the link below. KAM looks forward to learning best practices and sharing experiences.

KAM Members - Free

Non-Members - $10.00 plus HST

  • Terri-Lynn Brennan, CEO, Inclusive Voices Inc.
Read more and register HERE.
The Future of In-Person Fundraising
in a Cashless Society
Charity Village
Free Webinar 
Thursday, April 28, 2022
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST
Cash use is decreasing and this shift in consumer preference towards contactless ways of giving and paying has only accelerated over the last 2 years. This shift is dramatically impacting charities relying on cash donations and in-person fundraising. This webinar will discuss how charities and nonprofits are adapting to this new reality and share best practices on how to make this new challenge an opportunity to collect more via innovative solutions.
Read more and register HERE.
HME Workshop with Judith Koke
Hamilton Museum Educators (HME)

Free Workshop
Monday, May 2, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST

This introductory session is aimed at the novice and will provide an overview of field and offer examples of how visitor studies inform museum decision making.  Basic interview and observation techniques will be practiced in the workshop – and participants will be prepared to do some visitor studies over the summer

Read more and register HERE.
Respectful Terminology:
Creating a National Framework
National Indigenous Knowledge and
Language Alliance (NIKLA)

Free Webinar 
Monday, May 2, 2022
11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST
Join NIKLA at the Respectful Terminology: Creating the National Framework, a national event, centred on identifying the next steps to develop a framework for respectful terminology. The aim of the event is to bring the communities together to walk the path of creating a national Indigenous-led framework for respectful terminology. 
Read more and register HERE.
Culture By Design:
How to be Intentional About
Living Values at Work
Charity Village
Free Webinar 
Thursday, May 12, 2022
1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EST
An organization’s values are the lens through which the vision and mission are formed, and how decisions are made. However, often the lived culture does not align with those values. This workshop will offer tips on how to better understand your workplace values and how those values might be aligned with your personal values.

During this interactive workshop, participants will begin to:
  • Identify their own personal values
  • Assess how their typical day may or may not include living those values
  • Reflect on behaviours and actions that align with their values
  • Brainstorm strategies to include values-based behaviour into daily life
Read more and register HERE.
 BC Museums Week:
State of Hate - How Museums Can
Identify and Address Hate
BC Museums Association (BCMA)

Free Webinar
Monday, May 16, 2022
3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST

Join the BCMA and the Canadian Anti-hate Network for a crucial discussion about the state of hate in Canada. During this webinar, we will focus on recent events such as the COVID pandemic, the Ottawa convoy and the recent BC protests while looking at the intersection of COVID conspiracy movements and hate. Participants will learn how to identify when people are being groomed into hate and conspiratorial thinking and how to intervene with peers, friends, and loved ones. The role of museums is not neutral in the fight against hate, register for this session and learn how your team can address comments made on your site, in your exhibits and in your community.

The Canadian Anti-Hate Network is an independent, nonprofit organization made up of Canada’s leading experts and researchers on hate groups and hate crimes. Their mandate is to monitor, research, and counter hate groups by providing education and information on hate groups to the public, media, researchers, courts, law enforcement, and community groups.

 Read more and register HERE
Support Ontario’s Museums: Donate Now!
As museums across Ontario face the challenges of reopening safely and renewing relationships with your communities, the OMA is here for you. The OMA successfully advocated for federal emergency support funding through the Museums Assistance Program, the early and streamlined release of Community Museum Operating Grant (CMOG) funds in 2020 and 2021, and for an additional $2 million to support digital activities during pandemic closures. Your support, participation, and membership make our work possible.

Representing the interests of over 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province, the OMA offers regular webinars and professional development opportunities and resources for pandemic recovery. An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, provides you with the tools and resources that support your professional practice, and keeps you informed of breaking news about funding opportunities and policy changes via the ONmuseums weekly newsletter and timely eNews alerts.

If you are already an OMA member, thank you! Please renew your membership when you receive an email reminder.

If you are not yet a member, please consider an individual, institutional, or commercial membership for yourself, your colleagues, or your institution. You can find information about member categories and benefits on our website.

You can make a donation to the OMA on our website or through Canada Helps. Every contribution adds to the collective strength of our sector. You can help us build a more resilient museum sector. Thank you for your support!
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As an organization of provincial scope, the Ontario Museum Association recognizes that its members and community live and work on the lands and territories of Indigenous peoples. Toronto, where the OMA offices are located, is the territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit, Haudenosaunee and the Huron Wendat. We wish to express our gratitude for the resources we are using and pay respect to the rich and ongoing Indigenous history of what is now Ontario and Canada.
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