On the Tuesday evening at the conference we opened up the doors to delegates and non-delegates alike! As part of our series of regional workshops, members joined us for hands-on, how-to workshops on a variety of topics of interest to the museums, gallery, archive, heritage and library communities. No need to be a conference delegate, the workshops were open to all!

See what workshops were offered at Conference 2015 at the Anvil Centre!

Tuesday October 27

Evening Workshops 4:30 pm – 6:20 pm

A. Basic Care and Handling for Museum Objects

Keeping our collections safe can be an overwhelming task. The main focus of this session will be on handling collections and preventing damage due to human error. Participants will learn simple techniques and actions that that will minimize the risk of improper handling. We will briefly touch on the goals of preventative conservation, the ten agents of deterioration, hazardous artifacts, gloves, storage materials, and cleaning guidelines. By the end of the session participants will have a better understanding of proper handling procedures, why it is important, and what could go wrong.

Nikki Bose,Conservation Intern, Kelowna Museums Society

B. Try and Try Again – a How to for Success with the BC Arts Council Projects Grants

A how-to session on how BC Arts Council project grants work for museums, from what kinds of project grants to apply for, what you need before starting a submission, who should be putting the grant together, what happens after an application arrives at Council, what goes on during adjudication and what kinds of project requests succeed. There will be a detailed description of the peer-review assessment process Council uses to adjudicate grant requests, as well as an overview of what can be funded.

Sue Donaldson, Program Officer, Museums, Aboriginal Cultural Centres & Visual Arts Organizations, BC Arts Council

C. Making Progress : An Archives Success Story of How To Digitize 116 Years of Local History

In 2014 the Chilliwack Museum and Archives completed an ambitious digitization project that saw 116 years of the local newspaper – The Chilliwack Progress – made freely available for public searching online. The Chilliwack Progress newspaper is the longest running community newspaper in Canada dating from 1891 to present day.

Matthew Francis, Executive Director, Chilliwack Museum and Archives
Shannon Bettles, Archivist, Chilliwack Museum and Archives
Martin Warkentin, Copyright Librarian, University of the Fraser Valley


Evening Workshops 6:30 pm- 8:20

D. The Duty, Documentation & Dilemmas of Deaccessioning

Deacessioning is the permanent removal of materials from a collection. It is an important part of a comprehensive collections management program. Once an object has been accessioned as part of a museum’s permanent collection, its removal from that collection requires a careful documented procedure of deaccessioning. The policy is a guideline that should state under what circumstances are permissible, what acceptable methods of disposition are stated, how any proceeds will be handled, the authority required and the records that need to be maintained.

Lana Panko has had over 20 years of experience with the process of deaccessioning including formulating policy, identifying materials, documentation, approval processes and selection of disposal, transfer, auction methods.This session will cover the professional standards and how this may vary depending upon the institution, steps involved in the process, ethical and legal implications and several case studies.

Lana Panko, Curator of Collections, City of Surrey
Luc Desmarais, Collection Coordinator, North Vancouver Museum and Archives
Magdalena Moore
Tom Gooden, Assistant Curator, Burnaby Village Museum

E. Virtual Collaboration: A How-to Primer

Collaboration is about people working together. Increasingly, collaboration happens online. Managers are asked to lead remote workers. Staff operate virtually. Community is global. Working virtually offers new challenges: How to stay focused on people and relationships? How to get things done, when technology is such a barrier? How to keep engagement high? This workshop will help participants connect with each other, and directly address the virtual challenges they face. Workshop participants will walk away with insights, tips, and how-to’s, for better virtual communication and collaboration.

Ben Ziegler, Collaboration Consultant, Collaborative Journeys