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BPOC Co-Organizing 2012 WebWise Conference

As the Institute for Museum and Library Services announced via a press release on Friday, we’re partnering with George Mason University’s Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM) to help organize the 2012 WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital Age.

With the theme “Tradition & Innovation,” next year’s WebWise will bring together presenters and panelists focusing on the use of digital technologies in the humanities, especially history. It will take place in Baltimore from February 29 – March 2, 2012.

As one of the cooperators, BPOC is sharing overall program planning responsibilities with CNHM, providing guidance in picking topics and securing speakers for the main conference panels and the pre-conference workshops. BPOC is also developing the conference website, which will launch within the next few weeks.

“We are pleased to be working with these two national leaders in the field of technology integration into the services of libraries, museums, archives, and living collections,” said IMLS Director Susan Hildreth in Friday's announcement. “George Mason University and Balboa Park have been at the forefront of some of the very issues that we hope to explore further during our conference.”

The annual WebWise conference provides recipients of technology-based grants from IMLS with an opportunity to showcase their exciting projects. BPOC has received or partnered on several grants from IMLS, including a National Leadership Grant for our “Presenting Balboa Park” project to bring together collections from Balboa Park institutions into an innovative online resource at We are also working with the Museum of Photographic Arts on an IMLS Sparks! project to develop a Drupal module for online contests and, most recently, we began working with the Indianapolis Museum of Art on an IMLS National Leadership Grant project to develop open source mobile tour software for the wider museum community.

Several members of our staff are involved with the WebWise planning process, including Rich Cherry, director; Marcos Corro, developer; Christina DePaolo, director of new media; Maren Dougherty, senior editor; and Perian Sully, project manager: digital asset management & online access.

We’re excited to help create an exciting and useful program for our colleagues across the country who will join us in Baltimore. When the conference website is live, we’ll post an update on this blog. Other conference-related updates will be communicated via Twitter (@IMLSWebWise).


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.