RRCHNM Shapes WebWise 2012

WebWise 2012 was not your average professional conference with a StarTrek actor and a punk rocker in the lineup as keynote speakers. The attendees of WebWise 2012, a conference sponsored by the Institute for Museum and Library Services for their grantees and other library, archives, and museum professionals, were inspired by LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek, & Reading Rainbow) and were impressed with musician Ian MacKaye’s work to self publish a digital archive of concerts recorded for his band Fugazi.

Sheila Brennan, Sharon Leon, and Tom Scheinfeldt of RRCHNM co-organized the conference with fellow IMLS cooperators, the Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC). They planned an intense and invigorating 3-day program that included a THATCamp-like unconference, workshop sessions on 21st Century Skills and gaming, five plenary panels, and four keynote speakers.

Following the theme of “Tradition and Innovation,” Sharon, Sheila, and Tom worked to integrate the unique contributions of history museums, public libraries, and other local organizations into panels throughout WebWise 2012.

Sharon summarized the highlights of the conference on the ProfHacker blog, published by the Chronicle for Higher Education.

Don’t be too disappointed if you missed WebWise, because IMLS recorded each session and the webcasts are now available for viewing.

RRCHNM and BPOC will be working with IMLS again next year to plan WebWise 2013.

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