11 May 2010

The Future of Museums and Libraries (2009)

Title: The Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide (IMLS-2009-RES-02)
Publisher: Institute of Museum and Library Services
Year: 2009
Pages: 36
Link: http://www.imls.gov/... (pdf, 254 Kb)

From the Introduction:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is committed to bringing together museums and libraries across the country for conversations dedicated to developing a better understanding of the roles of libraries and museums as providers of public service to communities. The Future of Libraries and Museums in the 21st-Century Planning Meeting, which took place July 7–8, 2008, in Washington, D.C., was convened by the National Academy of Sciences and supported by IMLS to bring together voices across and outside the library and museum fields to debate, discuss, and question the future of museums and libraries and gain insight into how the conversation could unfold in subsequent discussions in the field at large. This meeting brought together leaders from across the disciplines in the library, museum, research, scientific, technology, and education fields to help define the central issues, challenges, and opportunities that libraries and museums are likely to face in the coming decades.

Table of Contents:

The Planning Meeting: Insights, Questions, & Possibilities
Discussion Theme #1: Changing Definitions & Roles of Museums and Libraries
Discussion Theme #2: Shifts in Power & Authority
Discussion Theme #3: Museums & Libraries as the “Third Place”
Discussion Theme #4: Technology & Policy Development
Discussion Theme #5: 21st-Century Learning & Information Use
Discussion Theme #6: New Models & Structures for Collaboration
Discussion Theme #7: Planning for a Sustainable Future
Discussion Theme #8: Metrics for Evaluating Service & Impact
Discussion Theme #9: The 21st-Century Museum & Library Workforce
Summary and Conclusion: Where Do We Go from Here?
Planning Meeting Participants

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