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Barcoding is an established technology for tracking the movement of objects, but it is not yet widely used in museums. Presenters will share their recent experience with barcoding their collections, focusing on techniques that are easily adoptable and broadly applicable. This session will discuss the balance between consistency and flexibility in establishing new processes, and present strategies...
Museums are always changing and bringing new concepts, programs, partners, and artifacts into their spaces. With these come new challenges from an old enemy pests. This session will examine recent endeavours to utilize an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) program within a Collections Management database, investigate ways of minimizing risks in ethnographic collections while emphasizing access to...




In this keynote follow up session, Tony Butler will expand on the morning’s keynote address. He will explore the idea of the civic role of the museum in the 21st Century in the context of a co-produced institution where museums are generators of social capital. 




Visitor-centered. Civic-minded. Inclusive. Diverse. Welcoming. Responsive. Participatory. Learn how these qualities of 21st century museums are impossible without an inner core of institutional empathy: the intention of the museum to be, and be perceived as, deeply connected with its community. This introductory session will consider issues of racial and economic justice as benchmarks for...
Museums around the globe are working to create inclusive and socially-just spaces, an essential endeavor in our increasingly polarized society. This session will explore programs designed to make museums more inclusive and accessible, including the Institute for Canadian Citizenship's Cultural Access Pass Program and Museums for All, a cooperative initiative between the Institute of Museum and...
This panel will encourage reflection on the origin, ownership, authenticity, and appropriate sharing of stories. Facilitated discussion will explore the relationship of documented history to local / regional stories, and how audience engagement with mythologies can activate exhibition spaces through evolving narratives. Participants will be encouraged to imagine ways to share cultural knowledge...
Do topics of sex, sexuality, and gender have to turn exhibitions into exhibitionism, or incite feelings of queerness and queasiness? What drives assumptions about these issues, and how might that lead us to censor core aspects of our collections, our exhibitions, our facilities, our staff, and our visitors? Come join this Westinar, a seminar-style discussion, as colleagues from across the border...
Have you noticed how certain organizations seem to be consistently successful at unconventional partnerships or powerful programs for atypical audiences? How do organizations sustain innovation on a regular basis? This session will explore how organizational culture can make or break creativity and nurture agents of the unconventional by exploring the systems that support it. #diggingdeeper
From its founding, Los Angeles has embodied a legacy of multiculturalism and community activism. However, this diverse history remains largely unknown to its residents. Explore how four museums share the stories of early Mexican, Chinese, and Italian immigrants whose legacies shaped the histories of this city.
'Museums can be very painful sites for Native peoples, as they are intimately tied to the colonization process' (Amy Lonetree, Decolonizing Museums, 2012). Undoing the legacy of colonialism in museums is necessary when addressing Indigenous needs and priorities. A decolonized approach with Indigenous collections can be applied to most museums given their origins as colonial institutions....

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