Handbooks & Reports

Indigenous Collections Symposium - Next Steps Report

Indigenous Collections Symposium        


The Ontario Museum Association (OMA), in partnership with the Woodland Cultural Centre and Deyohahá:ge:  Indigenous Knowledge Centre at the Six Nations Polytechnic, held the Indigenous Collections Symposium on March 23 – 24,   2017. The theme of the Symposium was Promising Practices, Challenging Issues and Changing the System. The intention was to open an ongoing conversation between the OMA, its members and Indigenous (First Nations, Métis and Inuit) communities in Ontario regarding the care and interpretation of Indigenous collections, particularly those held in trust by non-Indigenous organizations, in light of the Report of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). 

This paper presents key themes emerging from participants’ feedback recorded in discussion sessions and evaluation surveys and recommendations for next steps the OMA could take to build on the foundation laid by the Symposium.                                                                                                                                                                                                                  

Ontario's Museums 2014 Profile

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The first sector-wide report of its kind in more than a decade, Ontario's Museums 2014 Profile was prepared by Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies Research, and details the results of a survey completed by 184 museums for the fiscal year ending in 2014 or early 2015.

The OMA, Ontario's museums, funders and partners can use the 2014 Profile to inform decision-making, planning and advocacy. The OMA also plans to revisit the profile in subsequent years, for regular updates. As such, the Ontario's Museums 2014 Profile will serve as the foundation for building a comprehensive sector-wide profile that demonstrates the ongoing impact of Ontario's museums; enhances public accountability; and supports the creation of rich museum experiences benefitting the public.

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Ontario's Museums 2025: Strategic Vision & Action Plan

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Ontario's Museums 2025 seeks to reposition museums as powerhouse institutions within Ontario's cultural sector - institutions that contribute to strong societies and economies. It recommends 16 outcomes and 10 actions, based on four overarching goals - Vibrant & Vital Museums, Relevant & Meaningful Collections, Strong & Successful Sector, and Effective & Collaborative Workforce. 

Informed by a comprehensive two-year process that included broad consultation and engagement with the museum sector and stakeholders, this report presents a strong and unifying vision for renewal and excellence built on innovative ways of working and greater public relevancy for Ontario's museums.

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Ontario's Museums 2014 Profile: Highlights

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Ontario's Museums 2025 is complemented by Ontario's Museums 2014 Profile: Highlights. Analysed by Kelly Hill of Hill Strategies Research, and summarizing survey responses from 184 museums, the Highlights document begins the important work of building compelling evidence to demonstrate museum impacts and their social and economic contributions to Ontario's communities. It also identifies the realities of operating museums in Ontario today, and establishes a starting point from which to mark our progress as we work towards achieving Ontario's Museums 2025.

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Colloquium on Learning in Museums X


The papers in these Proceedings were presented at the Ontario Museum Association’s Colloquium on Learning in Museums X, held at the St. Catharines Museum and Welland Canals Centre on October 17, 2012, in St. Catharines, Ontario. 

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iMuseum Proceedings


The proceedings from iMuseum: New Tools for New & Traditional Audiences, a symposium presented by the Ontario Museum Association and the Ontario Association of Art Galleries, March 24-25, 2011.

M. Christine Castle, Ph.D. - Editor and Contributor to Symposium Proceedings

View and download papers, presentation slides, roundtable summaries and handouts.


CMOG Snapshot

CMOGsnapshotCover_en Research into the sustainability of Ontario's community museums: 
CMOG snapshot 2000-2004: a summary of findings from financial and visitation data from Community Museum Operating Grant program applications.

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Colloquium on Learning in Museums IX


The proceedings from the Colloquium on Learning in Museums IX, held November 5, 2008 in Gatineau, QC, are now available in an Adobe PDF format. To purchase the proceedings, please fill out the order form and send it to the OMA. Instructions on how to download the Adobe PDF files of the proceedings will be given to you.

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Colloquium on Learning in Museums VII


The proceedings from the Colloquium on Learning in Museums VII, held October 20, 2004 in Peterborough, are now available in an Adobe PDF format. To purchase the proceedings, please fill out the order form and send it to the OMA. Instructions on how to download the Adobe PDF files of the proceedings will be given to you.

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Recruiting and Hiring Museum Curators and Directors


A Human Resource Tool for Local Government, Museum Trustees and Cultural Managers

This publication outlines recent professional practices to ensure competency and the correct fit for museum senior staff positions. Includes: Identification of the experience, knowledge and skills needed for senior staff in community museum work; Sample job descriptions for curators and director/manager positions; Current museum senior staff pay scales; Sample competency frameworks to be adapted to recruiting and selection processes.

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The Evolution of an Exhibit


Community Museums and Travelling Exhibits

Take your exhibit planning skills to the next level. Whether you are deciding to produce or borrow travelling exhibits or you've already started creating one, this handbook offers practical advice with a dash of humour. Readers are guided through from the initial exhibit idea to planning and production, and on to circulation and completion of the tour. Basic information is enhanced with real-life experiences of Ontario museum professionals who have created or borrowed travelling exhibits. Authors, Ruth Freeman and Paul Martinovich of Blue Sky Design, are experienced exhibit planners, well acquainted with community museums.

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Heritage Tourism


A Practical Guide

Intended as an introduction to the topic, this publication will support initial steps along the road to developing exciting and innovative community projects across the province.

The publication is the English version of the Tourisme patrimonial: guide pratique, produced under the direction of Paule Doucet of Regroupement des organismes du patrimoine franco-ontarien (ROPFO) in 1998.

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2003 Colloquium


Issues in Contemporary Collecting

The proceedings of the Ontario Museum Association 2003 Colloquium, Issues in Contemporary Collecting, are gathered in this informative publication.

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Third Museum Colloquium


The Third Museum Education Colloquium took place in Waterloo on April 10, 1995. Presentations were given by heritage and cultural professionals and their papers are compiled into this publication.

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Second Museum Education Colloquium


The Second Museum Education Colloquium took place in Toronto on March 29, 1993. Presentations were given by heritage and cultural professionals. The papers from this Colloquium were compiled into this publication.

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