This program in basic museum studies is offered to museum personnel for a reasonable fee and is subsidized by the Association for those within the Commonwealth. It is based on a course of studies developed by the Canadian Museums Association and reviewed and amended by CAM, and is administered by the CAM Secretariat. - the only distance learning course for museum workers with secondary education and directed specifically to international participants. There have been 40 graduates to date. It is currently slated for a major revision to update with museum thinking and practice and improve relevance to all areas of the Commonwealth.
To keep members informed, CAM periodically produces a bulletin and invites contributions from members on current happenings and current topics of interest to museums.
CAM has maintained a very small website for several years with the assistance of the University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada - the current website has been significantly expended and is more up-to-date and responsive as well as including much more information on the Association and its activities.
Publications (Under 'Publications')
- Occasional Papers - In 1993, the first issue was published to provide an opportunity for the publication of serious and lengthy articles on museums in post-Colonial societies. Papers are solicited from members and others which will contribute to our knowledge of the issues which face museums in the larger world.
- Declarations from Meetings - these resolutions are drawn up by the participants of theme program meetings and are based on the principle that by recording some of the principles and ideas for action, we can assist in maintaining our focus on how we wish to carry forward and follow up programs with concrete actions. While they may lie dormant for period of time, they stand as a reference point or springboard to continue as resources permit.
- Conference, Workshop and Symposia proceedings and reports - Papers from these meetings are published in whatever form may be deemed appropriate. Some may be available in PDF format on the website.
Facilitation of international connections, visits, meetings, etc.
CAM participates in a variety of initiatives to encourage dialogue among members. Study tours and internships have been arranged for individuals, especially as follow-up to the Distance Learning Program for graduates and as contact opportunities for members. The Association supports regional workshops as it has funds and facilitates and assists others in co-operative ventures to create opportunities for international communication with emphasis on building ongoing relationships.
CAM organizes both Commonwealth wide and regional workshops, seminars, professional development sessions as funds are available and according to association priorities. These have occurred approximately 2 or 3 times in a 3-4 year period between major General Assemblies. The opportunity is usually taken at a Commonwealth wide meeting to hold the Triennial General meeting and two Executive Council meetings. Annual General Assemblies and Executive Council meetings may also be held on a formal or informal basis in conjunction with other professional gatherings as feasible.
Canadian Government Internship Program
(Young Canada Works, Building Careers in Heritage)
Funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage and administered by the Canadian Museums Association, this program for young unemployed or underemployed Canadians entering the museum field has benefited CAM members, the interns (19) and the Association. Interns are placed in Commonwealth museums and participate in the activities of the host museum usually within the context of a CAM program or theme. There have been Canadian interns in the Bahamas (2), Barbados (3), Botswana (3) Kenya (4), Malawi(2), Mozambique (1), South Africa(1), the U.K.(2) and Zambia(1)
The interns have supported the Group for Children in African Museums, the Distance Learning Program, CAM contacts, museums and communities, children's programming in general and support for local museum development and networking.