From April 29 - May 20, 2020 the GOEMP Committee ran a survey for Ontario’s emerging museum professional (EMP) community focused on identifying the experiences and needs of EMPs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Based on the preliminary results, the Committee immediately created a two-pronged approach to addressing EMP needs at this time centred on Advocacy and Professional Development (PD). One such PD initiative is a “Ask Me Anything” webinar series digitally connecting EMPs at home with a highly experienced museum professional who is enthusiastic about sharing their knowledge and expertise. Our first session on July 7, 2020 with Sarah Beam-Borg was a resounding hit, and we're excited to bring you a second edition, this time with Irene Chalmers.
This session will consist of 3 key components in the style of “Ask Me Anything” format popularized on social media in recent years. “Ask” refers to questions posed by emerging museum professionals in the Ontario community - whether to the OMA during registration for the webinar, to the GOEMP Committee via the blog post announcing this webinar, or directly to our guest in real time during the webinar. “Me” refers to Irene Chalmers, who came forward to generously volunteer her time to make her rich experience in interpretive planning and as a freelancer accessible through this platform. “Anything” references any topic that intersects with the museum sector, museum jobs, museum networking, etc… anything that may be of interest to EMPs who would benefit from this information at this stage in their careers! GOEMP Committee Chair Madeline Smolarz will join Irene as moderator to keep track of and pose incoming questions on behalf of the EMP community.
Please enter your questions for Irene below. If you have additional questions or if you would like to submit anonymously, submit your question on the GOEMP website: https://goemp.wordpress.com/2020/09/02/ask-a-museum-professional-anything-2-0-on-tuesday-september-22-2020/