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It’s Wiki Wednesday! Are you UpNext? Two New Themes Launch Today on the Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki

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Wednesday, April 28, 2010


IMLS Press Contacts
Natasha Marstiller,
Mamie Bittner,

Washington, DC—The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites you to help invent the future of museums and libraries through your participation in UpNext: The Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki. IMLS’s first-ever wiki is 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. IMLS will use the knowledge shared in the wiki to help shape the agency’s strategic plan, research directions, publications, convenings, and grant making.

Two new themes launch today on the wiki and will be featured for wiki discussion from April 28th – May 12th. Please share your thoughts on these final two themes!

Theme #9, The 21st Century Museum & Library Workforce, will be led by Discussion Leader, Joanne Marshall, Alumni Distinguished Professor, School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. This theme focuses on new skills and roles of 21st century museum and library professionals as they adapt to changing technological, informational, and other service needs in communities.

Theme #10, UpNext: Where Do We Go From Hereω, will be led by Discussion Leader Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium. This theme continues the wiki’s call for museums and libraries to proactively face the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century. While the wiki is a tool to spark dialogue and share resources, ideas, and experience, individuals who use, inform, and shape it will determine the direction and impact of these conversations. This theme asks, ‘how should these conversations move forward, and where do we go from hereω’

In these tough economic times, strategic thinking is a wise investment in the future. Whether you work in, partner with, study, volunteer, visit or are just plain interested in museums and libraries and passionate about how they can continue to thrive in their service to the public—you have an opinion to be shared!

The UpNext wiki is an opportunity to share resources, examples of what works, and vexing questions. We hope that it will be a thought provoking ten weeks for all participants and provide food for thought for your career, your institution, and the choices you face.

The full schedule of wiki themes and discussion leaders is below: 

     March 3-16         1. Changing Definitions & Roles of Museums and Libraries 
                              Martín Gómez, City Librarian, Los Angeles Public Library

                              2. Shifts in Power & Authority
                              Cassie Chinn, Deputy Executive Director, Wing Luke Asian Museum          

     March 17-30       3. Museums & Libraries as the "Third Place"
                              Susan Hildreth, City Librarian, Seattle Public Library
                              4. Technology & Policy Development
                              John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian for Library Information Technology (LIT), University of Michigan, Executive Director 
                              of HathiTrust

     March 31-          5. 21st Century Learning & Information Use
     April 13             Tom Scheinfeldt, Managing Director for Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, OMEKA Project Director

                             6. New Models & Structures for Collaboration
                             Mark Wright, Director of Partnerships, National Children's Museum

     April 14-27        7. Planning for a Sustainable Future
                            Emlyn Koster, President & CEO, Liberty Science Center

                            8. Metrics for Evaluating Service & Impact
                            John Fraser, Director, Institute for Learning Innovation-New York

     April 28-           9. The 21st Century Museum & Library Workforce 
     May 12            Joanne Marshall, Alumni Distinguished Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina
                            at Chapel Hill

                           10. UpNext: Where Do We Go From Hereω
                            Larry Johnson, CEO, The New Media Consortium

    May 19             Last official "Wiki Wednesday" IMLS will post wiki final summary.

If you have any questions or comments regarding the wiki or the Discussion Guide, please feel free to contact Mamie Bittner, or Erica Pastore,

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
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