CMOG Standards Resources

These resources were prepared by the Ontario Museum Association and the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport to support museums in the creation or revision of their organizations' policies in the areas of the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport's Standards for Community Museums in Ontario. Links to web-based resources and copies of print materials are provided for the following standards: Governance, Finance, Community, Exhibition, Interpretation and Education, Research, Human Resources, Collections, Physical Plant, and Conservation. Useful resources on Policy Writing and Strategic Planning have also been provided. 

Read the Standards for Community Museums in Ontario.

Visit the OMA Member Resources Section for more Standards resources.

MINISTRY STANDARDS WEBINAR ARCHIVE MATERIALS

Roles and Responsibilities of Boards
February 28, 2013
Video Archive
Presentation Slides [PDF 450kb]
Mission and Vision Statements
March 7, 2013
Video Archive 
Presentation Slides [PDF 300kb]
 
Strategic Planning
March 14, 2013
Video Archive
Presentation Slides [PDF 300kb]
Museum and Fundraising Ethics
April 4, 2013
Video Archive
Presentation Slides [PDF 360kb]
 
Deaccessioning
May 30, 2013
Video Archive
Presentation Slides [PDF 221kb]
An Introduction to the Deaccession & Disposal of Collections (2013) by Richard Gerrard [PDF 76kb]

Conservation 2.0: A Good Practice Refresher
June 20, 2013
Video Archive
Presentation Slides [PDF 1365kb]
Conservation Resource List by Fiona Graham [PDF 16kb]

 

Climate Control: What do you really need?
June 27, 2013
Video Archive
Presentation Slides [PDF 2500kb]
 

What difference did it make? Using Outcomes-Based Planning & Evaluation in Programs & Special Events
July 4, 2013
Presentation Slides [PDF 8870kb]
Workbook [PDF 458kb]

 

What difference did it make? Using Outcomes-Based Planning & Evaluation in Exhibits
July 18, 2013
Presentation Slides
Workbook [PDF 458kb]

Accessibility in Exhibits
July 25, 2013
Video Archive
Presentation Slides [PDF 5mb]
 

 

 

Emergency & Disaster Plans andMaintenance Manuals
August 22, 2013
Presentation Slides [PDF ] 
Templates and resources are below under the Physical Plant Standard

 
 

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GOVERNANCE 

Resource Title Author/Contributor Format
Museum Notes Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Link
     

Producing a Forward Plan: MGC Guidelines for Good Practice

Davies, Stuart


PDF
     
Guidelines: Roles and Responsibilities of Museum Boards of Trustees Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization Link
     
Strategic Process Example Museum of Ontario Archaeology PDF
     
Six Strategic Questions (for Strategic Planning) Museum Notes Blog, Jeanne Vergeront Link
     
Governance Policy - Hamilton Civic Museums City of Hamilton PDF
     
Governance Policy - Simcoe County Museum County of Simcoe PDF
     
Governance Policy - Owen Sound Museums Owen Sound Museums PDF
     

Find more at the museumsuccession Governance Resources page

 

FINANCE
Resource Title Author/Contributor Format
Museum Notes Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Link
     
Ethical Fundraising and Financial Accountability Code Imagine Canada PDF
     

Finance Policy - Hamilton Civic Museums

City of Hamilton 

PDF

     

COMMUNITY

Resource Title Author/Contributor Format
Museum Notes Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Link
 
Social Media
Digital Engagement Framework Workbook Jim Richardson, Sumo
Jasper Visser, Inspired by Coffee
PDF
     
ROM Web and Social Media Standards Version 2.1 Ryan Dodge, Royal Ontario Museum PDF
     

Social Media Content Plan Template

  Doc
     
How to Create a Social Media Plan [Slide Deck]

Cheryl Fraser, Royal Ontario Museum
Elka Weinstein, Minsitry of Tourism Culture and Sport

PDF
     
Community Engagement
Building Responsive Museums: A Discussion Framework
p.8 Creating a Vision for Community Involvement; p.13 Toward an Action Plan
The Learning Coalition PDF
     
Accessibility
Moore Museum Accessibility Plan Moore Museum PDF
     
Accessible PDF Instructions City of Hamilton  PDF
     
Assistive Devices Policy City of Hamilton  PDF
     
Braille Printing Guidelines City of Hamilton  PDF
     
Clear, Accessible and Large Print Guidelines City of Hamilton  PDF
     
Communication Policy City of Hamilton  PDF
     
Disruption Notice Policy City of Hamilton  PDF
     
How to Convert Word Documents into Braille City of Hamilton  PDF
     
Preparing Accessible Word Documents City of Hamilton  PDF
     
Resident and Visitor Feedback and Complaints Policy City of Hamilton 
 
PDF
     
Service Animals Policy City of Hamilton  PDF
     
Support Persons for Persons with Disabilities Policy City of Hamilton 
 
PDF
     
Policies

Community Policy - Bell Homestead National 
Historic Site

City of Brantford

PDF

     

Community Policy - Chatham-Kent Museum

Chatham-Kent Museum

PDF

     

Community Policy - Hamilton Civic Museums

City of Hamilton

PDF

     
Community Policy (Draft) - Pump House Steam Museum City of Kingston PDF
     

EXHIBITION

Resource Title Author/Contributor Format
Museum Notes Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Link
     
Smithsonian Guidelines for Accessible Exhibition Design Smithsonian Institution PDF
     

Good Practice in Exhibit Policy

Pankowski, Kathryn PDF
     
Standards for Saskatchewan Museums: Exhibits Museums Association of Saskatchewan PDF
     
Exhibit Evaluation Techniques for Museums with Few Staff and No Money Pankowski, Kathryn PDF
     
Moore Museum Accessibility Plan Moore Museum PDF
     
How to create a 3-year Exhibit Plan for Your Museum [Slide Deck] John Summers, Regional Municipality of Halton
Elka Weinstein, Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport
PDF

 

INTERPRETATION AND EDUCATION

Resource Title Author/Contributor Format
Museum Notes Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Link
     
Writing a Museum Education Policy Department of Museum Studies, University of Leicester PDF
     
Space for Learning: A Handbook for Education Spaces in Museums,Heritage Sites and Discovery Centres        Space for Learning Partners PDF
     

Outcomes-Based Planning & Evaluation Workbook

 

Planification et évaluation des programmes en fonction des résultats

 

M. Christine Castle, Ontario Museum Association PDF
     

RESEARCH  

Resource Title Author/Contributor Format
Standards for Saskatchewan Museums: Research Museums Association of Saskatchewan PDF
     

HUMAN RESOURCES

Resource Title Author/Contributor Format
Museum Notes Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Link
     
HR Toolkit Human Resources Council Link
     
Recruiting and Hiring Museum Curators and Directors: A HumanResource Tool for Local Government, Museum Trustees and Cultural Managers Ontario Museum Association PDF
     
Human Resource Planning Tool The Learning Coalition PDF
     
Recruiting the Right People
 
Cultural Careers Council Ontario, Cultural Human Resources Council Link
     
Improving Performance Through Evaluation, A Resource Guide for Museum Trainers and Managers The Learning Coalition PDF
     
Standards for Saskatchewan Museums: Human Resources Museums Association of Saskatchewan PDF
     
Training Policy City of Hamilton  PDF
     

COLLECTIONS

Resource Title Author/Contributor Format
Museum Notes Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Link
     
An Introduction to the Deaccession & Disposal of Collections (2013) Richard Gerrard PDF
     
Running a Museum: A Practical Handbook (pp. 17-30) International Council of Museums Link
     
ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums (pp.3-6) International Council of Museums  Link
     
Canadian Museums Association: Ethics Guidelines (pp. 6-10) Canadian Museums Association Link
     
Writing A Collections Management Policy for the Museum Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport PDF
     
Deaccessioning Good Practice Bev Dietrich PDF
     
Collections Management Policy - Guelph Museums (2012) Guelph Museums PDF
     

PHYSICAL PLANT

Resource Title Author/Contributor Format
Museum Notes Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Link
     
Well-Preserved: The Ontario Heritage Foundation’s Manual of Principles and Practice for Architectural Conservation Mark Fram/Ontario Heritage Trust Link
     
Risk Management Duckles, Rick and Hall, David PDF
     
Green Guide to Heritage Conservation
 
Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism PDF
     
Guidelines for Disaster Preparedness in Museums International Council of Museums Link
     
Be Prepared. Guidelines for Small Museums for Writing a Disaster Preparedness Plan Heritage Collections Council, Australia Link
     
CCI Notes 14/2: Emergency Preparedness for Cultural Institutions: Identifying and Reducing Hazards Canadian Conservation Institute Link
     
Emergency Planning for Cultural Facilities Bill Nesbitt PDF
     
Combined Emergency and Maintenance Plan Bill Nesbitt PDF
     
Emergency Service Providers Checklist Template Bill Nesbitt PDF
     
Emergency Supplies Inventory Checklist Bill Nesbitt PDF
     
Emergency Team Job Descriptions Bill Nesbitt PDF
     
Sample Hazard List Bill Nesbitt PDF
     
Staff Emergency Procedures Template Bill Nesbitt PDF
     
Basic Maintenance and Hazard Survey Bill Nesbitt Docx

 

CONSERVATION

Resource Title Author/Contributor Format
Museum Notes Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Link
     
Museum Note #4: Developing a Conservation Policy for the Museum Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport PDF
     
CCI Light Damage Calculator Canadian Conservation Institute Online tool
     
Connecting to Collections Webinar recording
     
CCI Notes Canadian Conservation Institute Link
     
CCI: Incorrect Temperature Stefan Michalski/Canadian Conservation Institute Link
     
CCI: Incorrect Relative Humidity Stefan Michalski/Canadian Conservation Institute Link
     
CCI: Light, Ultraviolet and Infrared Stefan Michalski/Canadian Conservation Institute Link
     
Conservation Resource List Fiona Graham PDF

 

POLICY AND PLANNING

Resource Title Author/Contributor Format
Museum Notes Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport Link
     

Museum Standards & Policies: Make Them Work For You

Museums Association of Saskatchewan PDF
     
ICOM Code of Ethics for Museums International Council of Museums Link
     
Ethics Guidelines Canadian Museums Association Link
     
Amalgamated Policies - Hamilton Civic Museums  City of Hamilton PDF