Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture (Salzburg, 19-23.10.2011)

http://www.salzburgglobal.org/current/sessions.cfm?IDSpecial_Event=2961

Abstract:

As key ste­wards of our cul­ture and heri­tage, libra­ries and muse­ums have tra­di­tio­nally enjoyed, and to a great extent still do enjoy, a uni­que role and spe­cial responsi­bi­lity wit­hin socie­ties around the world. But as eco­no­mic dis­rup­ti­ons and rapid tech­no­lo­gi­cal inno­va­tion have brought about dra­ma­tic socie­tal chan­ges, libra­ries and muse­ums, too, are being forced to revi­sit and rethink their own roles and responsi­bi­li­ties wit­hin these chan­ging socie­ties. The 21st cen­tury indeed poses per­plex­ing chal­len­ges, but at the same time offers intri­guing new oppor­tu­nities for libra­ries and muse­ums. It is a cri­ti­cal moment for lea­ders wit­hin libra­ries and muse­ums to reflect crea­tively and stra­te­gi­cally about the role and place of their insti­tu­ti­ons in an era of par­ti­ci­patory cul­ture and to reco­gnize and seize the oppor­tu­nity for reo­ri­en­ta­tion and reinvention.

Building on the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) initia­tive The Future of Museums and Libraries as well as on past museum and library ses­si­ons con­ve­ned by the Salzburg Global Seminar, this ses­sion will bring toge­ther appro­xi­mately fifty lea­ders, advo­ca­tes and con­sti­tu­ents of libra­ries and muse­ums, cul­tu­ral and edu­ca­tio­nal poli­cy­ma­kers, cul­tu­ral sec­tor rese­ar­chers, rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ves of library and museum edu­ca­tion pro­grams, tech­no­logy experts, socio­lo­gists, jour­na­lists, and library and museum asso­cia­tion rep­re­sen­ta­ti­ves to debate the chan­ging roles and responsi­bi­li­ties of libra­ries and muse­ums in their socie­ties. The par­ti­ci­pants will con­sider the fol­lo­wing key areas: socie­tal chan­ges that are shaping the future of muse­ums and libra­ries; col­la­bo­ra­tion; edu­ca­tion and trai­ning; com­mu­ni­ca­tion and tech­no­logy; sus­taina­bi­lity; value and values. Together, the par­ti­ci­pants will deve­lop a set of recom­men­da­ti­ons for libra­ries and muse­ums to meet the new chal­len­ges posed to them in this era of par­ti­ci­patory cul­ture. The recom­men­da­ti­ons, in turn, will be shared with the lar­ger library and museum com­mu­nity worldwide.

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