This guide highlights museum studies resources available at the University of Toronto Libraries and beyond.
Definition of museum studies, also known as museology:
"The field that encompasses the ideas & issues involved in the museum profession -- from the practical, day-to-day skills needed to operate a museum, to theories on the societal role of museums" -- from the Smithsonian
Image: Gehry stairs, Art Gallery of Ontario. Ian Muttoo
The Museum Studies program at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, is a two year full-time Masters Degree program. It is the only English-speaking Masters program of Museum Studies in Canada.
Professor Cara Krmpotich on the MMSt program
Students may also do a joint Masters over three years, called the Combined Degree Program (CDP), resulting in both a Master of Information degree & a Master of Museum Studies degree.
Professor Costis Dallas on the Combined Degree Program:
|The students and faculty in the Museum Studies program at U of T
publish a fascinating blog, consisting of many regular columns,
with the intent of providing "...a platform for opinions, critiques,
and discussions of contemporary museum* practices by
emerging museum professionals."
There are many different types of careers in the field, including collections management, education & programming, digital heritage work, running cultural institutions, curatorship, and so on. As a result of the advent of digital information, the professions are continually evolving.
This guide is curated by Nalini K. Singh, former Reference Librarian at the Inforum, Faculty of Information, currently at Robarts Library. Please send any suggestions, comments, and reports of broken links to firstname.lastname@example.org
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