Monday, May 17, 2010

Webcasts of WebWise Conference Available

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 10, 2010 IMLS Press Contacts 202-653-4632 Jeannine Mjoseth, jmjoseth@imls.gov Mamie Bittner, mbittner@imls.gov Webcasts of 2010 WebWise Conference Now Available Washington, DC-Anyone who missed the 2010 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World, held March 3-5 in Denver, Colorado, can now go online to watch sessions on leading edge digital technologies that libraries and museums use to share their collections and engage the public. The webcasts focus on the sustainability of digital content, engaging users, new tools and services, essential skills for practitioners, and funding. The captioned videos also feature a pre-conference session on school libraries and 21st century skills and a thought-provoking dialogue between Howard Besser, professor of cinema studies and director of New York University's Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program, and Susan Chun, a museum technology consultant. Also available online are interviews with leaders in cultural heritage digitization such as Joyce Ray, IMLS associate deputy director for libraries and principal organizer of the annual WebWise conference. The "Digital Pioneers" project was launched by the University of Denver's Penrose Library and Morgridge College of Education's Library and Information Science. Full-text papers of many of the presentations will be available in the summer at the online journal First Monday. WebWise 2010: Imagining the Digital Future was sponsored by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), with support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur and Morgridge Family Foundations. The University of Denver, the Denver Art Museum, and BCR, a multi-state library collaborative, cohosted the event. About the Institute of Museum and Library Services The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about the Institute, please visit www.imls.gov.

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