March 3 – 5, 2010
Denver, CO - Hyatt Regency at the
Colorado Convention Center
The 2010 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World was held March 3-5 at the Hyatt Regency at the Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado. This year's conference was co-hosted by the University of Denver and the Denver Art Museum, and the theme was "Imagining the Digital Future." Conference programs addressed the successes and innovations of the past as well as the opportunities and challenges that can help drive museum and library sciences into the future. Topics included interoperability, the future of collaboration, standards & best practices, technology and systems development, training a 21st century cultural heritage information workforce and strategies to more deeply engage audiences.
As a special feature of the 2010 conference, the University of Denver's Penrose Library and Morgridge College of Education's Library and Information Science program launched an oral history program called "Digital Pioneers," based on interviews with leading figures who have played a significant role in cultural heritage digitization.
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from either the Pre-Conference #1 or Webwise 2010:
Pre-Conference #1 - Welcome & Opening Keynote: School Libraries and 21st Century Skills
Marsha Semmel, IMLS Craig Wacker, John D. and Catherine T MacArthur Foundation Julie Walker, Chair-elect, Partnership for 21st Century Skills and Executive Director of the Association of School Librarians
Liz Keating, Leawood Elementary School, Lakewood, CO Shimelis Assefa, Library and Information Science Program, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver Kris Fritzsche, Denver Academy Kristin Roper, Denver Public Library
Pre-Conference #1 - The Chicago Public Library's YouMedia Center
Presentations and discusion of the Chicago Public Library's YouMedia learning space. Panel will focus on design of the environment, mentoring, as well as other programmatic approaches that promote learning and media literacy.
Amy Eshelman, Chicago Public Library Cory Garfin, Carnegie Mellon Akili Lee, Digital Youth Network Erica Neal, YouMedia Mentor
Pre-Conference #1 - Creating Connections and Promoting Networks
Moderated discussion of the cahallenges and opportunities from the perspective of designers educators and learning institutions interested in using new media to transform user experience and provide a network of learning opportinities for young people.
Elizabeth Babcock, Field Museum Ingrid Erickson, SSRC Learning Network Rik Panganiban, Global Kids Kylie Peppler, Indiana University
Opening Event at the Denver Art Museum: Imagining the Digital Future: a Conversation
Welcome Christoph Heinrich, Director, Denver Art Museum Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Director, IMLS Shirley Amore, City Librarian of Denver
The conference begins with an open conversation featuring cultural heritage gurus Howard
Besser, Professor of Cinema Studies and Director of New York University's Moving Image
Archiving & Preservation Program, and museum technology consultant Susan Chun, who will
provide their perspectives on the library and museum technology experience and on new
developments that will impact libraries, archives and museums. Their observations will stimulate
a conversation with the audience on future technologies for cultural heritage institutions. The
interactive session will be moderated by Ed Sardella, news anchor (retired) at KUSA-TV 9NEWS
Session #1 - Sustainability and the Future of Digital Collaborations
Collaboration has been a hallmark of the digital age as it allows the aggregation of collections,
whether these are found across the campus quad, across the community square, across the
state, or half-way around the world. Collaboration allows cultural organizations to share
infrastructure and intellectual capacity, and to broaden access to resources. But does
collaboration help to sustain digital programs as we move into the next stage of content creation,
delivery and services? Will collaboration allow us to further our missions in the current economic
environment? Panelists will discuss their successes and challenges in the past and present as
well as their visions for the future of their collaborative work.
Moderator: Liz Bishoff, BCR (Founding Director, Colorado Digitization Program)
Panelists: Steve Bromage, Maine Historical Society Toby Graham, Civil Rights Digital Library Monika Hagedorn-Saupe, Inst
Session #2 - Inclusion and Engagement: Visitors as Part of the Experience
As cultural heritage institutions develop online services, they are increasingly creating interactive communities of users and supporters. This panel will highlight current museum and library research on online users and innovative practices that are engaging online audiences.
Moderator: Bruce Wyman, Denver Art Museum
Panelists: Josh Greenberg, NYPL Robert J. Stein, Indianapolis Museum of Art and the Steve Project Beck Tench, North Carolina Museum of Life + Science
Session #3 - The Future of Information Delivery: New Tools and Services for Discovery and Access
The way we interact with digital content is becoming more flexible and unmediated. As content
and metadata get harvested, re-mixed, shared, reused, how can we ensure that they remain
useful and useable? How can we support the myriad uses to which people want to put them?
How can resources be connected to each other in ways that we can’t now predict will be
important to users in the future? How can we build systems that are as flexible as the ways
people want to use them?
Moderator: Greg Colati, University of Denver, Penrose Library
Panelists: Lisa Fischer, Colonial Williamsburg Carole Palmer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Geneva Henry, Center for Digital Scholarship, Rice University
Session #4 - Skills for the Future: Educational Opportunities for Library and Museum
This session will feature educational opportunities for new professionals as well as professional
development opportunities for practicing library and museum professionals to update their digital
Moderator: Joyce Ray, IMLS
Panelists: Peter Botticelli, University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science Phyllis Hecht, Johns Hopkins University Museum Studies Program Helen Tibbo, University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science Bill Veillette, Northeast Document Conservation Center
In this session, a number of funders will discuss their current priorities for funding of digital media and technology projects.
Moderator: Mary Stansbury, Library & Information Science Program, Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver
Panelists: Kevin Cherry, IMLS
Renee Joyce, Morgridge Family Foundation Jennifer Serventi, National Endowment for the Humanities Craig Wacker, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation