Sunday, April 29, 2018

April 2018 Updates


There are now 289,554 artifacts documented with 165,704 associated images, which means that 221 new records and 2,489 new images have been added to CollectiveAccess this month - Congratulations to the Central region for adding the most images, with the Northeast region coming in a close second - great work everyone!

Here's what the numbers look like at the regional level:

Southwest - 127155 artifacts, 62110 images
Central -  99717 artifacts, 46181 images
Northeast -  33142 artifacts, 42486 images
Cape Breton -  29540 artifacts, 14927 images

When your summer students and volunteers join you, please reach out to me by email: and I will set up accounts for them in CollectiveAccess. It is important that everyone uses separate accounts so that changes can be monitored by senior staff. Also, please share our YouTube tutorials and CollectiveAccess manual with your team. 

In preparation for summer months, we invite you to utilize the Collections Seasonal Work Calendar available to download on our website - click here. I urge you to share this during upcoming meetings and training sessions so that there is a clear plan in place for collections work this summer. This document will help you start off on the right foot!

Site Visits

It is hard to believe that summer is right around the corner! We are preparing for upcoming site visits and will circulate an email shortly with details. This year, we will include a link for a survey so that Advisory Service members have the opportunity to provide insight/comments on what they would like to gain from the experience, etc. Think about specific questions about database work and digitization that you would like answered. Also, please check in with your team to see if there are any blackout dates. We will be as accommodating as possible with the schedule but please remember that there are many stops to make so the more flexible you can be, the better. Please keep a close eye on your email for the survey! It will be released in the next few weeks.

Fleming College Partnership Update - the data cleaning reports have been circulated to this year's partnering museums. Thanks to everyone who took part! The students expressed great thanks for being given the opportunity to gain such valuable experience working with CollectiveAccess and the Nova Scotia museum community.

myNovaMuse - Contributor Galleries

We have a fantastic new feature on NovaMuse! Be sure to check out the Galleries page to view our newest addition - images from the Annapolis Valley Apple Blossom Festival over the years! Is this feature new to you? No problem! Learn how to create your own galleries by watching our YouTube tutorial - click here. Advisory Service members - please check your email for login information so you can join in! We would be thrilled to see more content from our partnering museums. This is a fantastic way to showcase special items in your collections and build your online presence all at once! Do you have summer students starting? Why not assign this as a special project? A perfect way to fill downtime in between visitors. Have fun celebrating local connections and stories found in your collections!

Museum Studies Program

Registration for Interpretation I: Public Programming is now full, which means our waitlist is now open. If you would like to be placed on the waitlist for this course to be held at the Cape Breton Miners Museum in Glace Bay on May 24-25, please contact Jennifer at
Museums 101 - October 2018, Central, Exact location TBD, facilitated by Karin Kierstead

Click here to learn more!

Museum Evaluation Program - planning for evaluations is in full swing! To learn more about the process click here.

AGM 2018

This year the ANSM Annual General Meeting and Conference will be taking place September 26-28, 2018 in Annapolis Royal.

More details will be released as they are confirmed!

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