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WebWise Conference Coming Up in Early March

WebWise 2012: Project demonstrations

WebWise 2012: Project demonstrations

WebWise, the annual conference hosted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, will be held in Baltimore on March 6-8, 2013. This year’s conference is co-sponsored by the Roy Rosensweig Center for History and the New Media and is being organized and presented in a very different manner.  In advance, participants (anyone, actually) voted on the proposed workshop topics and then the conference organizers recruit speakers to fill the slots. For the project demonstrations, the participants will be divided into three groups and then rotate through three different sets of presentations. In addition, there will be a series of three-minute lightning talks over lunch, facilitated project/partnership incubator groups, and one-on-one speed consulting sessions. Indeed, there’s only one plenary session scheduled for the entire conference–Audrey Watters of Hack Education–as a keynote on the last day.

I’ve attended as many WebWise Conferences as possible because the content has been outstanding and I often come away with new approaches and strategies, even from the sessions that are far outside my field. This year’s reformatting seems intriguing, but much of the content remains a mystery so Continue reading

Attending WebWise in Baltimore?

Max van Balgooy

I’ll be attending WebWise in Baltimore next week and posting a series of blogs about the presentations in the weeks to follow.  These sessions are typically packed with ideas and projects, offering cutting-edge approaches and solutions for the work at historic sites and history organizations (and other museums).  If you’re attending, I’d love to meet you and hear about what you’re doing.  Living part of my life in the blogosphere, I have unusual relationships:  people will know me through my blog but I often have no idea who they are, so please introduce yourself and let’s talk during a break (IMLS always keeps the troops at WebWise well stocked with coffee, tea, and snacks!).  In case you don’t know what I look like, I’ve included my picture for identification and I usually sit off to the side so I can get up to take photos of the sessions without disturbing others.

2012 WebWise Conference Registration Is Open

Registration is now open for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) WebWise Conference, which will take place February 29th-March 2nd at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, MD. Today conference organizers announced that actor and literacy champion LeVar Burton has been chosen as one of the keynote speakers. Burton will speak on the morning of March 1.

A signature initiative of IMLS, the WebWise Conference annually brings together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields to explore the many opportunities made possible by digital technologies. George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM), partnering with the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC), is helping to organize the conference.  Historic sites and historic house museums are rarely in attendance, but this is a great conference so I’ll share what I’ve learned on this blog. Continue reading