MANL offers the following services to our members:
MANL currently possesses a collection of some 270 museum-related books and 850 articles in its Resource Centre. This material may be used by members and interested individuals at the office, or it may be borrowed for a designated period. It is also consulted by MANL's Professional Development Coordinator and resource people in the development of seminar materials.
MANL's Professional Development Coordinator responds to requests for advice and information from museum committees, consulting firms and individuals. This takes the form of advisory meetings, the preparation of individualized packages of relevant resource material and/or the compilation of requested information, as required.
As a supplement to its seminar program, MANL produces technical bulletins on selected topics from the full range of the museum studies curriculum. These "Museum Notes" are usually published in a one or two-page format and are distributed to the membership in tandem with the MANL Newsletter.
Annual General Meeting and Conference
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MANL conducts a yearly program of basic, intermediate and advanced level seminars to meet the range of professional development needs among museum workers, from entry-level to mid-career. On occasion, we cooperate with related organizations in offering certain seminar topics of mutual interest. MANL has traditionally coordinated access to one seminar offered on a yearly basis through the Canadian Conservation Institute. For the most up-to-date schedule, please contact us.
Certificate Course in Basic Museum Studies
As part of its mandate to promote professionalism and skills development within the museum community, the Museum Association of Newfoundland and Labrador provides a Certificate in Museum Studies. This program provides museum workers with a general introduction into current theories, standards, and best practices for museums. The content of the certificate program is based on topics covered in MANL’s Best Practices publication.
The Association's publication and distribution of the Guidelines for the Operation of Community Museums in Newfoundland and Labrador is helping to set professional standards of operation for community museums with better trained staff and volunteers. The Summer Staff Manual provides organizations with a blueprint for training seasonal staff. We also produce The Beginner's Guide to Living History - a practical step-by-step guide presents the basic principles of living history interpretation and walks you through the process of developing your own small scale program. For more publications and resources visit our Publications page.
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