Are you UpNext?
From March 3rd until May 12th, 2010, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invited the public to help invent the future of museums and libraries through participating in UpNext: The Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki. IMLS’s first-ever wiki was a platform where individuals inside and outside of museums, libraries, and related fields can discuss, dissect, expand, and inform the issues outlined in the Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide (PDF, 255KB).
Thought the commenting period has ended, the information shared in the wiki remains available for public viewing, and IMLS continues to use it to help shape the agency’s strategic plan, research directions, publications, convenings, and grant making. View the discussion at http://imlsupnext.wikispaces.com.
The conversation about the future of libraries and museums continues on UpNext: the official IMLS blog. The blog is a place to connect and to be part of an online community where libraries and museums, partners, and citizens can share ideas, questions, and experiences.
The Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide
The Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide (PDF, 255KB) is the result of a two-day meeting in which a diverse group of leaders with many perspectives on the future came together to share and debate. The guide is designed to spark continued dialogue on the issues presented in institutions, communities and professional groups invested in the future of museums and libraries.
In July 2008, IMLS sponsored a meeting at the National Academy of Sciences to surface big questions about the future of libraries and museums, bringing together leaders from across and outside the museum and library communities. The Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide is the result of the two-day meeting, published in order to capture that conversation and encourage others to take up those big questions and enter the dialogue. The guide is designed to spark continued debate of the issues presented in institutions, communities and professional groups invested in the future of museums and libraries. The Discussion Guide was broadly disseminated and has spurred dialogue in schools of library and museum studies, in library and museum service organizations and in individual institutions, small and large, throughout the nation.
Report from the Institute of Museum and Library Services and the Salzburg Global Seminar convening of 58 library, museum and cultural heritage leaders from 31 countries to explore the changing nature of “community,” “access,” “public value” and “participation writ large” in a digital world.
The result of a two-day meeting in which a diverse group of colleagues came together to share and debate, this guide is designed to provide a structure for future discussion among museum and library professionals, policy makers, funders, users, researchers, and partners.