Presentation of Certificate Qualifications on concluding studies of the Canadian Association of Museums: Introduction to Museum Studies Distance Learning Program
Four members within Barbados’ museum profession have recently completed the Commonwealth Association of Museums’ (CAM) distance learning certificate course- An Introduction to Museum Studies. CAM, which is an international NGO based in Canada dedicated to supporting museums and museum workers throughout the 53 countries of the Commonwealth, offered the course in 2017 and it ran simultaneously in various Caribbean countries, including the Bahamas and Guyana.
Stating the importance of staying current with practices and standards of the profession, Ms. Cummins highlighted the need for more exposure of these programmes to young professionals. “This is the third occasion that we have had to have members of staff participate on this course. With new members of staff joining us over the last two years, we felt that it would be a benefit to them and the organization to engage in this opportunity to develop new ideas and innovative approaches to their roles. We look forward to their contributions as we continue to create connections between the museum’s collections and our communities.”
The certification course highlighted for the participants the need to have better understanding of the specific requirements of the Caribbean within the museum field.
As stated by course participant Dario Forte “The uniqueness of the Caribbean can be lost within the generalization of the Commonwealth, however the course was able to shed light on the areas and resources we may lack, while allowing through its course work for us to locate solutions to the issues we may encounter- issues such as Disaster preparedness for collections during Hurricane Season”.
With the knowledge gained from the course participants look forward to implementing the practices within their various roles at their institutions.