The Attic (a name which commemorates our first physical location) is, first and foremost, a site for the research students of the School of Museum Studies at the University of Leicester: a virtual community which aims to include all students, be they campus-based and full-time, or distance-learning and overseas. But we welcome contributions from students of museum studies - and allied subject areas - from outside the School and from around the world. Here you will find a lot of serious stuff, like exhibition and research seminar reviews, conference alerts and calls for papers, but there's also some 'fluff'; the things that inspire, distract and keep us going. After all, while we may be dead serious academic types, we're human too.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Webcasts of 2010 WebWise Conference Now Available

The following is a text-only press release from the federal Institute of
Museum and Library Services (IMLS).An HTML version of this release can
be viewed on the agency's Web site at

May 10, 2010

IMLS Press Contacts
Jeannine Mjoseth,
Mamie Bittner,

Webcasts of 2010 WebWise Conference Now Available

Washington, DC-Anyone who missed the 2010 WebWise Conference on
Libraries and Museums in the Digital World, held March 3-5 in Denver,
Colorado, can now go online to watch sessions on leading edge digital
technologies that libraries and museums use to share their collections
and engage the public.

The webcasts focus on the sustainability of digital content, engaging
users, new tools and services, essential skills for practitioners, and
funding. The captioned videos also feature a pre-conference session on
school libraries and 21st century skills and a thought-provoking
dialogue between Howard Besser, professor of cinema studies and director
of New York University's Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program,
and Susan Chun, a museum technology consultant.

Also available online are interviews with leaders in cultural heritage
digitization such as Joyce Ray, IMLS associate deputy director for
libraries and principal organizer of the annual WebWise conference. The
"Digital Pioneers" project was launched by the University of Denver's
Penrose Library and Morgridge College of Education's Library and
Information Science.

Full-text papers of many of the presentations will be available in the
summer at the online journal First Monday.
WebWise 2010: Imagining the Digital Future was sponsored by the
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), with support from the
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur and Morgridge Family Foundations. The
University of Denver, the Denver Art Museum, and BCR, a multi-state
library collaborative, cohosted the event.

About the Institute of Museum and Library Services
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of
federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums.
The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that
connect people to information and ideas. The Institute works at the
national level and in coordination with state and local organizations to
sustain heritage, culture, and knowledge; enhance learning and
innovation; and support professional development. To learn more about
the Institute, please visit

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