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For the third year in a row, Andornot is pleased to award a Professional Development Grant to a working professional, to aid them in attending a conference or workshop.

This year’s recipient of the $1,000 grant is Marla Dobson, Curator of the Museum of Health Care in Kingston, ON.

Marla-Dobson

In her application for the grant, Marla writes:

As the Curator for the Museum of Health Care at Kingston, I have responsibility for planning, organizing, and supervising exhibition development, collections development and maintenance, as well as programming support. I care for a collection of 40,000 objects related to the history of medicine and health care in Canada. I also act as an ambassador for the museum, building its public profile within the regional community as well as at national and even international events.

The collection is available at https://mhc.andornot.com, with a search interface developed from our Andornot Discovery Interface, and hosted by our Managed Hosting service.

Marla adds:

I wish to attend the Canadian Museums Association National Conference because it is vital that I develop and expand my professional network within the Canadian museum community. I am new in my position and as an emerging professional, wish to expose myself to workshops and networking events that will firstly, improve my ability to be a successful curator, and secondly, help me make connections with other organizations with which we could partner on projects and exhibitions.

Andornot strongly believes in the value of attending conferences to foster professional development. We attend events across Canada all year long to learn about new trends and technologies, meet with clients, and share our expertise with like-minded folks.

We receive many excellent applications for this grant each year and face a tough decision in choosing just one. We thank all who showed an interest in the grant and only wish we could send everyone to a conference.

We look forward to meeting you at one of the conferences we’ll be attending this year.

Library and Archives Canada has announced the launch of the 2019 funding cycle for the Documentary Heritage Communities Program (DHCP). This is the fifth round of what was originally envisioned as a five year program, so could potentially be the final year.

The DHCP provides financial assistance to the Canadian documentary heritage community for activities that:

  • increase access to, and awareness of, Canada’s local documentary heritage institutions and their holdings; and
  • increase the capacity of local documentary heritage institutions to better sustain and preserve Canada's documentary heritage.

The deadline for submitting completed application packages is January 8, 2019.

This program is a great opportunity for archives, museums, historical societies and other cultural institutions to digitize their collections, develop search engines and virtual exhibits, and other activities that preserve and promote their valuable resources.

There are a number of significant changes this year:

  • The upper limit of funding for a small project has increased to $24,999. Many of the projects Andornot helps with would fall into this range.
  • Organizations which receive up to half their funding from government sources are now eligible.

Types of projects which would be considered for funding include:

  • Conversion and digitization for access purposes; 
  • Conservation and preservation treatment; 
  • The development (research, design and production) of virtual and physical exhibitions, including travelling exhibits; 
  • Conversion and digitization for preservation purposes; 
  • Increased digital preservation capacity (excluding digital infrastructure related to day-to-day activities); 
  • Training and workshops that improve competencies and build capacity; and 
  • Development of standards, performance and other measurement activities. 
  • Collection, cataloguing and access based management; and 
  • Commemorative projects.

Lists of the grants and recipients in the previous four rounds of funding are available here and may help you as you think about your own application.

Further program details, requirements and application procedures are available at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/services/documentary-heritage-communities-program/Pages/dhcp-portal.aspx

How can Andornot help?

Many Andornot clients have obtained DHCP grants in previous rounds, and Andornot has worked on many other projects which would qualify for this grant. Some examples are detailed in these blog posts:

We have extensive experience with digitizing documents, books and audio and video materials, and developing systems to manage those collections and make them searchable or presented in virtual exhibits.

Contact us to discuss collections you have and ideas for proposals. We'll do our best to help you obtain funding from the DHCP program!

Also also check out a few other grants that are open this fall in this blog post: "Grants with Fall 2018 Application Deadlines"

Many annual funding programs have deadlines in the Fall, and many of these can help fund new search engines, new collection management software, and other projects Andornot can help you with.

Contact us to discuss ideas and obtain quotes for your grant application.

British Columbia Arts Council's Professional Project Assistance for Museums and Visual Arts Organizations

The British Columbia Arts Council's Professional Project Assistance for Museums and Visual Arts Organizations supports initiatives in the development of new or unique public programs and documentation by professional museums, Aboriginal cultural centres and visual arts organizations, including artists’ and curatorial collectives. These may include exhibitions, dissemination projects, artists’ residencies, exploration of new forms, audience development or collections management projects.

The maximum contribution to a project in this program is 50% of the total budget of the project.

This grant could be used to upgrade your systems and databases, whether using Inmagic DB/TextWorks or other software, and providing public search access through the Andornot Discovery Interface, as well as virtual exhibits using the Omeka and Umbraco content management systems.

Deadline: October 15, 2018

Department of Canadian Heritage, Museums Assistance Program

The Department of Canadian Heritage Museums Assistance Program (MAP) supports heritage institutions and workers in the preservation and presentation of heritage collections. In particular, the Collections Management component provides up to $50,000 for "projects related to the implementation or upgrade of a collections management system." This could include software such as Inmagic DB/TextWorks and one of Andornot's database starter kits, or our Digital History Hub platform or Andornot Discovery Interface search engine.

Deadline: November 1, 2018

BC History Digitization Program

The British Columbia History Digitization Program at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia Library promotes increased access to British Columbia’s historical resources by providing matching funds to undertake digitization projects that will result in free online access to unique historical material from around the province.

Materials digitized through this program could be made searchable through the Andornot Discovery Interface or our Digital History Hub platform.

Applications for 2019 are expected to open in October, so keep an eye on https://ikblc.ubc.ca/initiatives/bcdigitinfo/ and in the meantime, have a look at last year's successful applications.

Andornot Professional Development Grant

For the past few years we've offered a $1,000 grant to help one of you attend a conference or other professional development event. We intend to offer this grant again this year and will be opening applications up towards the end of the year. Stay tuned to our blog for an announcement, and in the meantime, read about the experience of past recipients Gayle Graham and Mark Goodwin.

This year, I was the lucky recipient of Andornot's Professional Development Grant. The Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) conference was being held in St. John's, Newfoundland, which is located in the region where I live. I have never attended their conference before, so I was determined to get there. As a relatively new health sciences librarian, I expected that the experience would instill in me a sense of what's happening in the broader landscape of health sciences libraries beyond my organization and across the country. It did not disappoint.

The opening keynote speech was a fascinating account of Newfoundland history, and how the genetic disorders brought over by the first European settlers still impact the health of the people who live there today. It demonstrated the importance of ongoing medical research and the difference it makes in the lives of so many people. It is so rewarding to know that the work I do supports initiatives like these. I took in many informative sessions on searching and collaborating which were relevant to me. As there were a very limited number of sessions about health sciences library collections and metadata, I see a great opportunity for future conferences to focus on those themes. I am confident that I will apply to present at future conferences on at least one of these topics.

I was fortunate to have the opportunity to network with colleagues based in the Maritimes and across Canada, as well as throughout the United States and even Sweden. By chatting with my fellow delegates between sessions and during receptions, I was able to get a much broader view of the current climate of health sciences libraries than I had initially expected. I even reconnected with a friend I met at the Canadian Libraries Association conference in Winnipeg a few years ago when we were both MLIS students. I was not aware that she had also pursued health sciences libraries, so it was quite a surprise to run into her across the country at a completely different conference! 

One of the highlights of my conference experience was meeting Jonathan Jacobsen. For the past 3.5 years, I have been working closely with him to develop, launch, and maintain our library catalogue. After countless e-mail exchanges with him which resulted in the successful completion of a major project, it was particularly satisfying to finally shake his hand and put a face to a name. Similarly, I was pleasantly surprised to find that most of the vendor representatives in attendance were familiar to me. During my short time in the health sciences so far, I have become much more connected within the field than I had realized.

I would like to thank Andornot, for choosing me as the 2018 recipient of their Professional Development Grant. In addition, I extend my thanks to them for their commitment to supporting the professional development of library professionals which is so vital. I would also like to thank Nova Scotia Health Authority for their contribution to my attendance.

Gayle and Jonathan at the CHLA Conference.

We are very pleased to announce a recipient for the Andornot Professional Development Grant for 2018: Gayle Graham of the Nova Scotia Health Authority.

Gayle is relatively new to health sciences librarianship, and has never attended a conference specifically about health libraries. She will use the grant to attend the Canadian Health Libraries Association (CHLA) Conference in St. John’s this June. Gayle notes that “as a new organization, we would really benefit from an update on what's happening in the wider community of health sciences libraries.”

Andornot strongly believes in the value of attending conferences to foster professional development. We attend events across Canada and the United States all year long to learn about new trends and technologies, meet with clients, and share our expertise with like-minded folks.

We inaugurated this grant last year, awarding it to Mark Goodwin of the BC Cancer Agency. We were delighted to be able to offer this grant again this year, and only wish we could send everyone who applied to the conference of their choice. 

We hope that everyone who applied, and all of you, will also be able to attend a conference this year. Check out the list of ones we’ll be at and drop by to say hi if you can.

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