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ICOM Canada launches Digital Disaster Preparedness Review Project

Project participants Project Lead: Ben Fast, Digital Content & Outreach Coordinator, ICOM Canada Project Sponsor: Dr. Elka Weinstein, Vice President, ICOM Canada If you have any questions or wish to contribute to this project, please continue reading below and/or email icomcanada@gmail.com. Project Background With Canadian museum closures caused by COVID-19, museums have had to adapt to long-term digital work environments with little notice. This digital work includes turning primary services to digital offerings, providing increased digital access to collections, managing remote staff, and more. While many museums have embraced this challenge with creativity and innovation, many also quickly laid off non-digital employees, suffered from a lack of digital or staff capacity in adapting to remote work or providing digital services, or were significantly impacted by revenue loss that could impact future digital capacity building initiatives. Could museums have transitioned more easily to digital work environments, offering digital services and experiences [...]

Call for Abstracts – Perspectives on Sustainability in Cultural Heritage Conservation

Co-editors: Shabnam Inanloo Dailoo, PhD, Associate Professor / Director, Heritage Resources Management Program, Athabasca University, inanloo@athabascau.ca. Caitlin Southwick, PD, Founder / Executive Director, Ki Culture, Sustainability in Conservation, info@kiculture.com.   What is sustainability in cultural heritage? Most people would probably agree that we, as human beings, must learn to live more sustainably. Yet figuring out just what this means and how to make such a transition is not a simple task. With the goal of contributing to a shared understanding of what it means to live sustainably and how the field is approaching the issue, we are planning a collection of essays devoted to perspectives on sustainability in the field of cultural heritage conservation. Cultural heritage is the material expression of what it means to be human—to be creatures endowed with the power not only to remember the past but also to imagine the future. Yet the cultural heritage sector, [...]

2020 Call for Nominations to the ICOM Canada Board

Additional information about the 2020 AGM can be found here.   Dear Members, As the global response to the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, ICOM Canada has made the decision to postpone our Annual General Meeting, originally scheduled for Wednesday, April 15, 2020 at the Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel. Information about the rescheduled meeting will be available soon. ICOM Canada does, however, wish to move forward with the call for nominations in preparation for our AGM and next year of business. We are actively seeking members to serve on the ICOM Canada Board of Directors to further the Board’s mission, mandate, and strategic priorities. These include advancing the primary aims and objectives of ICOM, increasing public awareness of Canadian museums and cultural heritage institutions within Canada and to the international museum and cultural heritage community, and making ICOM Canada more vital in the professional life of its members. If this opportunity [...]

Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice: Designing change together

This article was released in the April 2020 ICOM Canada e-newsletter on Sustainable Development. See more articles from this issue here. Dr. Viviane Gosselin (Museum of Vancouver) and Dr. Robert R. Janes (Editor-in-Chief, Museum Management and Curatorship) Museums are key intellectual and civic resources where substantive issues can be aired, discussed, and acted upon. These unique qualities must now be put to work in finding solutions to climate emergency. The Coalition of Museums for Climate Justice (CMCJ) was formed in 2016 to build museums' capacity to promote community awareness, mitigation and resilience in the face of the growing climate crisis. Its Advisory Group offers leadership by proposing and implementing initiatives to achieve this goal. At present,  the Coalition’s primary activities include social media outreach (Facebook, Twitter, blog posts) that engage more than 2,000 Canadians and other museum professionals on a regular basis; regional, national and international conference presentations and sessions; [...]

Sustainability in Conservation

This article was released in the ICOM Canada April 2020 e-newsletter on Sustainable Development. See more articles from this issue here. Amy Kowalchuk (Technical Assistant, Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology / Historical Resources Intern, Athabasca University) Sustainability in Conservation (SiC) is an international non-governmental organization that strives to research and promote options for sustainable practices within the conservation sector. The Student Ambassador Program (SAP) aims to facilitate environmental awareness by providing students with resources to encourage the adoption of sustainable practices early in their careers, as well as a global online forum for resource sharing. As the first student ambassador at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, starting in February, I have recently started helping the museum work towards responsible changes for sustainability. As the program’s focus for this year is materials and waste, one of the first tasks we completed was filling out a self-assessment of the museum’s preparation laboratory. This [...]

Sustainable Transportation in Canadian Museums

This article was released in the ICOM Canada April 2020 e-newsletter on Sustainable Development. See more articles from this issue here. ICOM Canada asked museum professionals from across Canada to share what they are doing to make travel and transport more sustainable. Check out the answers below from Peter Ord (The Bateman Foundation and Gallery of Nature) and Katelyn Roughley (Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame). Peter Ord, Executive Director, The Bateman Foundation and Gallery of Nature (Victoria, BC): The Bateman Foundation's has made a conscious decision to use video conferencing as the primary tool for communications planning, instead of travelling either locally or out of town. The foundation runs programs across seven cities in Canada, including Tuktoyaktuk in the Arctic. Managing our network of coordinators through online platforms like Zoom or WhatsApp not only saves as time and money, but also meets our sustainability focus. Katelyn Roughley, Manager, Education and [...]

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