Courses and Programs / Special Topic Courses
MAS offers a range of learning opportunities. We design our training and resources to support museum staff and volunteers of all kinds, from board members to student workers and emerging to established professionals.
Our courses are open to everyone—no membership is required! Our instructors are experts in their fields and will provide you with the knowledge and skills you need to do your job better.
In addition to our Certificate In Community Museum Studies Program, we also offer Special Topics Courses throughout the year. Below is a list of our upcoming courses - note that dates are subject to change.
You may register online for any course offered below.
Request a Course! Does the course you want never seem to be offered in a place you can get to it? Now’s your chance to request particular courses and locations for the next session's offerings. Just fill out the Request a Course Form. The deadline to submit for the Spring course session is January 1, and the deadline for the Fall course session is June 1. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
*Please contact us about pricing, or to enquire about bursaries for those who want to attend but are experiencing financial barriers.
Instructor: Ern Bieman, Canadian Heritage Information Network / Canadian Conservation Institute.
This webinar series is offered in three two-hour sessions over three days and outlines best practices for preserving digital information. Topics covered include appropriate selection criteria for physical carriers as well as tools for taking stock of existing digital assets and for developing digital preservation policies, plans and procedures. Software and hardware solutions for digital preservation in small to medium-sized heritage institutions are also recommended.
Upon completion of this series, participants will be able to
- identify digital assets in their institution and assess the risk and impacts of losing access to these assets;
- develop a digital preservation policy, a plan and procedures;
- understand the factors relevant to the choice of physical carriers; and
- install and use hardware and software for the purpose of preserving digital assets in smaller heritage institutions.
1:00 pm (CST)
October 11, 18, and 25th
$35 (Members), $50 (Non-Members), $25 (Students)
Video Presentation: Friday October 21st, 1pm
This video presentation by oral historian Dr Emily Burton discusses conducting oral history projects at museums. By providing an overview of the stages of an oral history project, Dr Burton gives viewers a comprehensive introduction to the framework and value of oral history initiatives.
Q&A Session: Friday November 4th, 1pm
Instructor: Emily Burton, Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21
Do you have questions about the skills and techniques for conducting and using oral history interviews in a museum setting? This session is for you. Join Emily Burton, oral historian at the Canadian Museum of Immigration, for a chance to share your questions about oral history and to hear some of what Emily has learned in the course of her work.
Free Session, online (zoom)
Facilitators: Rhonda Rosenberg, Executive Director and Yordanos Tesfamariam, Education Coordinator of Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan
Museums form an important component of a community’s memory, presenting objects and experiences that, in effect, tell a community’s story to itself and the rest of the world. However, museums do not always reflect the diversity of their communities: collections often promote dominant narratives that attract visitors who see themselves positively reflected. Museum engagement of underrepresented communities requires intercultural competence, understanding of barriers to access, and commitment to equitably reflect our diverse populations.
This interactive Zoom session for museum and gallery staff and volunteers builds on themes of intercultural competence, community engagement, and relationship-building, addressed in the Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan’s presentation at last spring’s MAS Conference. The emphasis for this session is on participants' own experiences as we explore the success and challenges of integrating ethnocultural and newcomers organizations and individuals into museums and galleries. We are also seeking input for the tip sheets that we will be developing for the museum and gallery on the types of resources that would be helpful as you strive to make your museums and galleries inclusive for all.
Wed Nov 16, 2022 1pm – 3pm (CST)
$75 (Members), $100 (Non-Members), $50 (Students)