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How will Libraries and Museums be different in the Year 2020?

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Schloss Leopoldskron
Health and Healthcare Series III, Innovating for Value in Health Care Delivery: 
Better Cross-Border Learning, Smarter Adaptation and Adoption 
Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture
19 Oct - 23 Oct, 2011
 Economic Growth and Social Protection in Asia: What lessons learned can be exchanged between Asia and the rest of the world?

Américo Castilla (Co-Chair) - President, Fundación TyPA, Buenos Aires, Argentina; former Director, National Museum of Fine Arts; former National Director of Heritage and Museums, Ministry of Culture of Argentina
Michele Cloonan (Co-Chair) - Graduate School of Library & Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, United States
Noha Adly - Deputy Head, ICT Sector, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Alexandria, Egypt
Gabriela Aidar - Coordinator of the Sociocultural Inclusion Program of the Education Department of the São Paulo State Pinacoteca, São Paulo, Brasil
Kidong Bae - ICOM chair of the National Committee of Korea; former President of the Korean Museum Association; Professor of Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology, Hanyang University; Director of the Jeongok Prehistory Museum, Gyounggy Province; Seoul, South Korea
Vishakha Desai - President and CEO, Asia Society, New York, United States
Elaine Gurian - Consultant/Advisor to Museums, Arlington, United States
Gregory Hayton - CEO, Cambridge Public Libraries and Art Galleries, Cambridge, Canada
Richard Lankes - Professor, Director, Masters in Library and Information Science Syracuse University, School of Information Studies, Syracuse, United States
Deirdre Prins-Solani - Chair, AFRICOM; Director, Center for Heritage Development in Africa, Mombasa, Kenya
Rudo Sithole - Executive Director, AFRICOM, Nairobi, Kenya
Sarah Thomas - Bodley's Librarian, Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, United Kingdom
Gary Vikan - Director, The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, United States
Johannes Vogel - Keeper of Botany, Natural History Museum, London, United Kingdom
Mats Widbom  

Additional Session Support:
Mary Chute (Resource Specialist)  
Nancy Rogers (Resource Specialist)  
Marsha Semmel (Resource Specialist)  
Robert Stein (Resource Specialist) - Deputy Director for Research, Technology, and Engagement, Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis, United States
Michael Stephens (Resource Specialist) - Assistant Professor, School of Library and Information Science at San Jose State University, Creator and Primary Author, Tame the Web; United States

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.

This session is being convened in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, D.C. Institute of Museum and Library Services

Session Faculty

Noha Adly
Gabriela Aidar

Listen to excerpts or complete versions of Salzburg Global Seminar presentations

  • Co-chair Americo Castilla discusses the value of libraries in an electronic age
  • Anupam Sah reflects on preservation of heritage and the role of museums within the community
  • Catalina Escobar Bravo discusses the importance of teaching new techonology in the library world
  • David Lankes discusses the meaning of participatory culture and ways libraries can support learning through technology
  • view all...

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