ICOM also is now organizing online programmes, such as webinars and online trainings (MOOC) that are available to everyone. These online discussions have the goal of promoting dialogue and exchange of knowledge between museum professionals from different countries and developing a forum that promotes reflection and allows professionals to exchange ideas on topics of wide importance for the museums of today.
Here some examples of our latest projects:
Stimulating employment in museums, 18/11/2020
This webinar was focused on the consequences of the pandemic for museum professionals, proposing new models for dealing with the crisis. This session presented the results of a second survey on the impact of COVID-19 on the sector, an overview of emerging professions, and highlighted the role that museums can play as promoters of local development after the crisis.
Emergency Management (Focus: Lebanon), 4/11/2020: The session brought together experts and museum professionals to discuss a subject of the utmost importance and more topical than ever: the management of emergency situations. The fundamentals of emergency planning, including preparedness, identification of key players, risk assessment, collection prioritization and other preparations were discussed. Special attention was given to the situation in Beirut, Lebanon, whose museums were severely affected by the double explosion on 4 August.
Digital transformation for museums in the time of COVID-19, 21/10/2020
The discussion was focused on strategies and skills that enable museums and professionals to harness the power of digital media. This session presented good practices on how to foster continuous learning, reach out to our communities at a distance and generate additional revenue to address the lack of on-site visitors.
New challenges for collections and storage areas, 7/10/2020
Many museums were completely closed for several months, exposing their storage areas to numerous risks to the collections. In the future, the shortage of manpower and funds for the maintenance of collections will be a challenge. It is in this context that the expert group developed a discussion on: best practices in collection preservation; access to collections in storage; and risk management for collections.
Preparing for the Reopening of Museums, 24/06/2020
An ICOM survey estimated that 95% of museums around the world remained closed during the confinements related to the Covid-19 pandemic. The discussion evaluated the global impact of the current pandemic on cultural institutions – with its short-term and long-term consequences on museums – while also focusing on the delicate actions to be undertaken during the upcoming phase of reopening. Drawing on their vast professional experience, the participants provided the audience with examples of museums’ initiatives which have proven their effectiveness in the current context.
MOOC (in development)
ICOM Secretariat is now working in the creation of a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) about “Meaningful Participation, Community Work and Museums”.
This course will explore different means of inclusion and methodologies that museums around the world are using to meaningfully engage with those living in the margins of society to better address their needs and to become spaces of social inclusion and community building. Making use of representative case studies and discussions with practitioners, academics and community members this course will dive into an exploration of a series of methodologies and strategies, such as co-curation, oral history, community collecting, inclusive design and conflict resolution, to illustrate a vibrant and evolving museum practice taking place in different corners around the globe.
The main objective of this course is to present different strategies and methodologies from around the world that have served to successfully engage with and to include historically marginalized communities in museum work as well as the challenges faced by institutions and practitioners, so that participants can assess them, adapt them and implement them into their local contexts.