2.5 Conclusion

This page has been archived on the Web

Information identified as archived is provided for reference, research or recordkeeping purposes. It is not subject to the Government of Canada Web Standards and has not been altered or updated since it was archived. Please contact us to request a format other than those available.

The interviews with sixteen senior museum professionals and the literature review underscore the vital role that information technologies have played in the transformation of museum institutions over the past two decades. While the core mission of museums may have changed very little, the activities and operational requirements associated with expanding collections from primarily physical, to increasingly digital objects, has necessitated the marshalling of customized resources and a new set of knowledge and skills. Whether collecting, curating, educating, programming, marketing, communicating, or fund-raising, all require not only some basic engagement with associated hardware and software applications, but also a more critical understanding of the inherent strengths, opportunities, and deficiencies of information technologies to support the present and future direction of the institution. Addressing this level of required IT literacy, as well as a perceived generation gap in engagement with new technologies and tools, such as mobile devices, imaging systems, virtual and augmented reality, and Web 2.0 and social networking applications, demands timely, focused, ongoing training at all stages of an individual's career within museums. A previous section of this report focused on educational programs that support initial and continuing training related to information technology. This section adds to an understanding of IT skills that are essential requirements as reflected in current job postings for museums, both nationally and internationally. Taken on balance, they are intended to weave together a rich picture of museum knowledge workers of and for the 21st century.

Contact information for this web page

This resource was published by the Canadian Heritage Information Network (CHIN). For comments or questions regarding this content, please contact CHIN directly. To find other online resources for museum professionals, visit the CHIN homepage or the Museology and conservation topic page on Canada.ca.

Page details

Date modified: