FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kelcey Wetzel, event coordinator
Announcing the WebWise 2010 Conference, March 3-5, Denver, Colorado
AURORA, Colo., February 16, 2010 — The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is partnering with the Denver Art Museum (DAM) and the University of Denver (DU) to bring WebWise 2010: Imagining the Digital Future to the Mile High city. BCR is a member of the programming committee.
This will be the 11th annual conference and showcase of the latest technologies being used by libraries and museums to make their collections accessible to the world.
“The University of Denver is pleased to be able to partner with the IMLS, the Denver Art Museum, and BCR to bring the 2010 WebWise to Denver Colorado,” noted Nancy Allen, Dean and Director University of Denver Penrose Library. “For more than a decade, WebWise has provided library and museum professionals the opportunity to share and showcase new and innovative approaches to support learning across the variety of communities they serve.”
Denver’s own Ed Sardella will interview digital pioneers Howard Besser, Professor of Cinema Studies and Director of New York University's Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program, and Susan Chun, co-founder of the Steve Project, for the opening event at the Denver Art Museum. Attendees will be greeted by IMLS Director Anne-Imelda M. Radice, Christoph Heinrich, the new director of DAM, and City Librarian of Denver, Shirley Amore, while Chris Batt, former chief executive of Museums, Libraries and Archives Council in the UK, now working as a consultant and frequent speaker on the future of cultural heritage institutions across Europe and the UK, will give the closing keynote address.
“IMLS is pleased to be able to bring WebWise to Denver. The Denver Art Museum and the University of Denver partnership have brought new and exciting opportunities to the 2010 WebWise. We know that the more than 400 attendees will enjoy the pre-conference and conference activities,” commented IMLS Director Anne-Imelda M. Radice.
Conference sessions will address the future of digital content with respect to sustainability, engaging users, new tools and services, necessary skills for practitioners and funding while highlighting successes and innovations of the past. To celebrate this digital past, DU’s Penrose Library is partnering with the DU Library and Information Science Program to launch Digital Pioneers, a series of oral history interviews with key cultural heritage digital initiative figures including Nancy Allen, Liz Bishoff, Sayeed Choudhury, Kaye Howe, Jim Kroll and Thornton Staples.
Additionally, two preconferences will investigate creating enticing learning spaces and managing digital repositories.
Due to its continuing popularity, registration for the event is already closed. IMLS will make WebWise speaker presentations available on its Web site and First Monday will publish the conference papers.
BCR brings libraries together for greater success by expanding their knowledge, reach and power. They offer a broad range of solutions and their hands-on, personal attention to each member enables them to deliver effective and timely solutions that help libraries keep pace with new developments in technology and services. BCR is the nation’s oldest and most established multistate library cooperative. Since 1935, the BCR team has helped libraries learn new skills, reach patrons, increase productivity and save money. BCR (Bibliographical Center for Research) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit headquartered in Aurora, Colorado. For more information, visit www.BCR.org or email info@BCR.org.