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WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World

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Since 2000, the WebWise conference has brought together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields interested in the future of high-quality online content for inquiry and learning. This annual conference highlights recent research and innovations in digital technology, explores their potential impacts on library and museum services,  and promotes effective museum and library practices in the digital environment. It also provides recipients of technology-based grants from the Institute with an opportunity to showcase their exemplary projects.

WebWise 2014: Anchoring Communities
WebWise 2014 will take place February 10-12, 2014 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, MD.

The two-and-a-half-day conference exploring digital technologies in museums and libraries will feature keynote speakers Nick Poole from Collections Trust and Mary Flanagan from Dartmouth University.

Previous WebWise Conferences


WebWise 2013: Putting the Learner at the Center
March 6-8, 2013

WebWise 2012: Tradition and Innovation
February 29-March 2, 2012

WebWise 2011: Libraries, Museums, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Research, Education, and Practice
March 9-11, 2011

WebWise 2010: Imagining the Digital Future
March 3-5, 2010

WebWise 2009: Digital Debates
February 25-27, 2009

WebWise 2008: WebWise 2.0: The Power of Community
March 5-8, 2008

WebWise 2007: Stewardship in the Digital Age: Managing Museum and Library Collections for Preservation and Use
March 1-2, 2007

WebWise 2006: Inspiring Discovery, Unlocking Collections
February 15-17, 2006

WebWise 2005: Libraries and Museums in the Digital World
February 17-18, 2005

WebWise 2004: Sharing Digital Resources
March 2004

Additional WebWise content on the IMLS website:
Panelists talking at a session about makers at WebWise14
Blog Post: Anchoring Communities at WebWise 2014

February 25, 2014 03:35 PM
IMLS’s annual WebWise conference explored digital technologies in museums and libraries through workshops, talks, and demonstrations. WiseCamp sessions were chosen by participants who voted for topics of interest using the interactive platform IdeaScale. Read More

 
Blog Post: WiseCamp at WebWise 2014

January 23, 2014 01:00 PM
This year WebWise will be revisiting an “unconference” format where the content of the conference is decided by the participants. Read More

 
Attendees at WebWise 2013 participate in a “maker space” workshop.
Blog Post: WebWise to Feature Makerspaces in Libraries and Museums

January 22, 2014 02:50 PM
This year’s WebWise conference will highlight projects that draw attention to museums' and libraries’ participation in the maker movement. Read More

 
cover of WebWise 2010 Conference Agenda
WebWise 2010 Conference Agenda


The 2011 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World was held in Baltimore, March 9-11, with preconferences on the 9th and the main conference on the 10th and 11th. The theme for the 2011 conference was “Libraries, Museums, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) in Research, Education, and Practice.” Read More

 
cover of WebWise 2010 Conference Agenda
WebWise 2010 Conference Agenda


The 2010 WebWise Conference was held March 4-5, at the Hyatt Regency, Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Colorado with a day of pre-conference workshops on March 3. 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. Read More

 
cover of WebWise 2009 Conference Proceedings
WebWise 2009 Conference Proceedings


The 10th annual WebWise Conference was held in Washington, D.C., February 26-27, 2009. The conference focused on some of the problematic “Big Issues” faced by museums, libraries, archives, and other cultural institutions as they deal with emerging technologies, changing social behaviors and expectations, and new economic realities.The Proceedings Book provides summaries of each session, full text of conference keynotes, and more. Read More

 
WebWise logo and photo of Baltimore
WebWise 2012 Web cast

March 22, 2012 12:00 AM
WebWise 2012 took up the theme of “Tradition and Innovation,” investigating how libraries and museums have used digital technologies to help scholars, students, educators, and the general public understand history and the humanities. This year’s conference took special note of the unique contributions that historical societies, public libraries, and other small and local organizations make to humanities scholarship and education. Read More

 
WebWise logo over a photo of Baltimore's Inner Harbor
WebWise 2011 Web cast

April 15, 2011 12:00 AM
The 2011 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World was held in Baltimore, MD, March 9-11. The theme was Libraries, Museums, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) in Education, Learning, and Research. Read More

 
WebWise logo over a photo of Denver
WebWise 2010 Web cast

April 1, 2010 12:00 AM
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." Read More