Thursday, 23 November 2017

Mini Conference Evaluation RESULTS

Following is a collation of the Mini Conference evaluations. Here at HME we use your input to guide our future meeting and Mini Conference topics, and improve all our offerings!

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Mini Conference: Technology in Museums Notes and Resources

We had a wonderful group of participants and presenters at this fall's HME Mini Conference on Technology in Museums.

Below are notes are resources on each of the presentations.
Have notes or resources you'd like to share? You can comment on this post, or take the conversation over to HME's Facebook page!

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

Mini Conference: Technology in Museums Schedule

We've had a wonderful response to this mini conference topic! Thank you to everyone who registered.

Below, find the schedule outline for the day.
If you have any questions, please email one of the HME coordinators.

HME Mini Conference
Technology in Museums
November 20, 2017
Royal Botanical Gardens
Room 1 / 2 (upstairs on Mezzanine level)


10:00 - 10:15
Welcome, intro, housekeeping

10:15 - 10:30
Unconference "prep" with Meredith and Julie

10:30 - 11:00
Ryan Dodge; Digital Visitors are Visitors Too

11:00 - 11:30
Dr. Amy Hetherington; 101 Ways to Do It Right (and 1001 ways to do it wrong)

11:30 - 12:00
Karin Davidson-Taylor; Reaching Beyond the Museum Walls

12:00 - 1:00
Tour of RBG Library limit 10 people per tour
tours at 12:00, 12:15, 12:30, 12:45

1:00 - 1:30
Liza Barney; Connecting students to birds and nature…with technology?

1:30 - 2:00
Meredith Leonard and Julie Sutton-Yardley; Getting Technical with Topical Challenges

2:00 - 2:30
Dave Potts; Collaborative Learning

2:30 - 3:00

Space generously provided by the RBG
Coffee, tea, and light refreshments sponsored by Carr McLean

Tuesday, 24 October 2017

Mini Conference: Technology in Museums

The Hamilton Area Museum Educators (HME) invite you to attend our next Mini Conference!

Topic: Technology in Museums
Date:  Monday, November 20, 10:00am-3:00pm
680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON Canada

spaces are limited and registration closes November 13

Presenters include:
Ryan Dodge (ROM's Digital Engagement Coordinator)
"Digital Visitors are Visitors Too"
How digital engagement impacts your museum's bottom line

Julie Sutton-Yardley (Heritage Network Coordinator for Halton Region - Heritage Services) and
Meredith Leonard (Education and Community Coordinator at Halton Heritage Services)
“Getting Technical with Topical Challenges”
Technology offers incredible opportunities for museums, but also poses substantial challenges. Work through some of the challenges at your institution with Halton Heritage Services staff in an “un-conference” session inspired by the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History’s Museum Camp!

Dr Amy Hetherington 
"101 Ways to Do It Right (and 1001 ways to do it wrong)"
Technology can be a huge boon for heritage sites, but it can also be fraught with problems. Considering the expenditure and resources, museums and galleries can’t really afford to get it wrong. But what are the right ways (and what are the pitfalls to avoid)? How can your small institution implement new technologies to engage your visitors in an entertaining, but more importantly – educational – way? This presentation will focus on smaller institutions that often struggle the most with this issue, and show some of the ways digital can be adapted to support educational programming.

Teresa Gregorio (Education Officer, McMaster Museum of Art)
"Social Media: Why channeling Miss Frizzle makes lighthearted+fun education"
A case study in choosing and using the strengths of different social media apps to create a fun and interactive exhibition-related program that supports the Museum's mission, vision, and strategic plan.

Questions? Please email one of the HME coordinators.

HME wouid like to thank the RBG for their support and generosity in hosting this Mini Conference.

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Cafe Night: Monday September 25, 2017

What a fantastic turn out we had for the first cafe night of 2017-2018! Thanks to everyone who joined us.

Our topic was Professional associations, conferences, courses, and networking: 
What do you belong to? What options are out there?

Folks suggested all sorts of courses, networking options, and conferences. Listed below with links.

Also of note:
  • Don't forget about the call for presentations for our Nov 20 Mini Conference on Technology in Museums!
  • We're looking for suggestions for cafe night locations. Do you know of a quiet cafe/restaurant with a variety of food+drink options, good parking, open Mondays, and (ideally) located near to a major highway? Please let one of your coordinators know!


  • AAM: American Alliance of Museums
  • OMA: Ontario Museums Associaton
  • OAAG: Ontario Association of Art Galleries (used to have courses, not anymore?)
  • CAGE: Canadian Art Gallery Educators (yearly conference, usually in April or May)
  • INTERPSCAN: Interpretation Canada (online and in person conference, online ones are affordable)
  • Parks and Rec Ontario: (has classes and conferences)
  • CMA: Canadian Museums Association
  • MAGEC-D: Museum and Art Gallery Educators Collective of Durham (an HME-like group for the Durham area)
  • GOEMP: Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals
  • HNCA: Haldimand Norfolk Cultural Association (cultural professionals, heritage,marts, Haldimand and norfolk museums, professional development, small membership fee
  • EON: Elgin Oxford Norfolk Association of Curators, Archivists, and Directors
  • PAONE: Professional Arts Organization Network for Education 
  • MONA: Museums of Niagara Association (does joint events like Friday Night Live)
  • UAAC: Universities Art Association of Canada
  • ALHFAM: American Association for Living History, Farm, and Agricultural Museums (send out a hardcopy newsletter, most recent one about historic cooking)
  • ICOM: International Council of Museums
  • BMGA: Brant Museum and Gallery Association (like the HNCA in Brant county)
  • Museums Association in the UK

Courses/Online Conferences

Other Helpful Resources

QUESTION: What value do you get from belonging to a professional association?
QUESTION:  Does anyone just become a member because they want to support or find an organization interesting? What about the benefit of thinking you are supporting something?
QUESTION: Are there any non-museum conferences or courses? (Libraries? Tourism?)

Tuesday, 5 September 2017


The Hamilton Area Museum Educators (HME) invite you to present at our next Mini Conference!

Topic: Technology in Museums
Date:  Monday, November 20, 10:00am-3:00pm
680 Plains Road West, Burlington, ON Canada

What exciting ways are you using technology in your institution? What have been your successes and challenges? From tried-and-true devices to the newest and shiniest program or app, we’d love to hear about your experiences!

We invite you to share your ideas in a presentation of 15-20 minutes in length; presentations will be followed by 10-15 minutes discussion period.  However, new approaches are welcome and creative presentations may be longer or shorter depending on what you want to share.  All ideas related to the topic are welcome.

For more information about the HME Mini Conference and a copy of the application form, please contact one of HME’s coordinators.


We look forward to hearing from you!

HME Coordinators


HME wouid like to thank the RBG for their support and generosity in hosting this Mini Conference.

Wednesday, 28 June 2017

HME Cafe Night Meeting Notes 2017-2018 Planning Session

We met at the Collins Brewhouse - the on-off rain kept us inside and off the patio. But that didn't ruin the fantastic conversation, eats, and ideas for 2017-2018!

Mini Conferences

Institutions offering spaces

  • do NOT hold in May, try half day, with supper, maybe April

Topics for Mini Conferences

  • Climate change mini conference (might be great to have at RBG in Oct or Nov) Museums for Climate Justice. Approach sustainability, conservation parks
  • Technology in Museums (maybe at Museums of Mississauga)
    RBG has location based games, tale blazer, all the things google can do for you! Google 360, geo fencing, apple maps, google maps)
    John Piccone, director of education using ipad, grade 3-5, present at and evening meeting 

Behind-the-Scenes tour

Café Night


  • Keep in Burlington at Williams?

Café Night Topics 

  • Professional associations/conferences/courses
  • Networking
  • Tourism tie ins/partnerships (how do you work out how you're partnering, policies, making sure it's mutually beneficial)
  • how people work with libraries
  • travelling exhibits
  • Makerspaces (city of Hamilton libraries), two rivers galleries
  • Book Club: Engaging your community toolkit (Museums of Mississauga, created survey for museum workers using this tool kit, and will present at the OMA conference this fall)

Projects that HME can pursue

  • Inter-museum equipment co-op (work with sustainability)
  • Resources list (“We have” or “We wish we had…” similar to freecycle or Kijiji)

Museum Crawl 

  • thematic, not city based?
  • Do during summer 
  • Bring students
  • Connect with YCW
  • DO IN JUNE 2018, summer camps haven't started yet, end of June, networking for students

Other Fun Stuff!

  • We’re looking for people to add to the HME Co-ordinating team. Interested? Contact us!