Collaborating across disciplines in cultural resource management and service delivery: The ‘Harry Piers: Museum Maker’ Project

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  • Paul Maxner, Senior Archivist Online Resources, Nova Scotia Archives
  • Kathy Ogden, Assistant Curator, Nova Scotia Museum
  • Lois Yorke, Provincial Archivist, Nova Scotia Archives (Moderator)
Date and Time: 
Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 3:00pm to 3:50pm
Vanguard Room I

In 2012-2013, a team from the Nova Scotia Archives and the Nova Scotia Museum collaborated on a joint project undertaken to digitize some of the Museum’s earliest operational records, and then to feature them, with accompanying digitized documents and artifacts, in an online exhibit at What began as a preservation project, undertaken to make the information contained in the fragile paper records more accessible to Museum staff, was quickly leveraged to include a virtual exhibit showcasing various aspects of Nova Scotia’s rich cultural heritage as documented in the Provincial Collections. During the eight-month project — the first of its kind between the two institutions — team members tested the strengths of digital technology, learned about each other's collections, and gained new respect for the methodologies underlying both professional disciplines. This presentation will feature two presenters, one from each side of the collaboration, to recount how the project developed, challenges along the way, and lessons learned.

Presenter Bios

Lois Yorke (Moderator):

Nova Scotia Archives

Lois Yorke is Provincial Archivist and Director of the Nova Scotia Archives in Halifax, NS. A graduate of Dalhousie University, she has spent over thirty-five years as an archivist, editor, researcher, writer and consultant in cultural heritage. Active in developing and promoting Canada’s archival profession and network, she is a Past President of the Association of Canadian Archivists, a Past President of the Council of Nova Scotia Archives, and a former Member of the Board, Canadian Council of Archives. More recently, her focus has shifted to building innovative partnerships and stakeholder collaborations designed to ensure that Nova Scotia’s archival heritage is visible and relevant to audiences everywhere through the power of the Internet.







Paul Maxner:

Nova Scotia Archives

Paul has found his place in Nova Scotian archival landscape via cyberspace. He has had the opportunity, during his 18 years at the Nova Scotia Archives, to lead a team responsible for making more than 90 virtual exhibits, searchable databases and resource guides available on the web. Together the team has made available more than 1 million historical photographs, documents, maps, sound recordings and films that only begin to display the richness of Nova Scotia's heritage. Paul has been a member of professional groups within Nova Scotia and Canada and has been awarded the Premier’s Award of Excellence for his work on the Nova Scotia Archives’ websites.









Katherine Ogden:

Nova Scotia Museum

A perfectionist at heart, Katherine Ogden, Assistant Curator at the Nova Scotia Museum (NSM), focuses on maintaining order in over 175 years of Provincial natural history collection records.  Katherine has made use of her practical museum training in local, provincial and national institutions, where her duties ranged from exhibit and educational program creation, to helping develop collections policies for the NSM, to excavating 200 million year old dinosaur fossils.  Katherine now works to ensure that all records pertinent to more than 400,000 specimens are preserved for future generations of visitors and researchers.  She still manages to get out in the field whenever possible.  She spends her free time building the Ogden family collection with her husband and two little boys.


Event | by Dr. Radut