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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

 
Blog Post: Announcing WebWise Now

January 15, 2014 03:29 PM
A new publication to create a sustained resource for the WebWise community has launched. WebWise Now is an experimental, edited publication that aggregates informally published resources from the open web that have been written by and for gallery, library, archive, and museum professionals about digitally-inflected projects. Read More

 
Headshot of Nick Poole, CEO Collections Trust
Blog Post: Nick Poole and Mary Flanagan to Deliver WebWise Keynote Addresses

January 14, 2014 10:06 AM
WebWise 2014 will feature two keynote addresses from leaders in the field whose digital work has made a significant impact on the future of digital collections, management, and sustainability. Read More