Washington, DC–The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces open registration for the eighth annual WebWise Conference on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World, to be held February 28 to March 2, 2007, at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill in
Washington, D.C. The conference is sponsored annually by IMLS and is co-hosted again this year by the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC)
and the J. Paul Getty Trust.

This year’s theme is “Stewardship in the Digital Age: Managing Museum and Library Collections for Preservation and Use.” The conference will
feature presentations and panel discussions by library, museum, and other information experts who will address issues and emerging practices
in the preservation of digital content from digitized text to “born-digital” art. It will also provide a forum for discussing the general state of preservation and “digital preservation readiness” in the nation’s museums and libraries and the potential for technology to improve the management of physical collections and the documentation of cultural heritage. Demonstrations will feature online tools for disaster planning, projects that are addressing challenges such as preserving audio and visual media, and projects to document and preserve tangible and intangible cultural heritage.

Preconference workshops, requiring separate registration, will be offered on February 28:

1) Preserving Digital Collections (half-day)

2) Sharing Images and Data: Making Access to Collections Easier and
Better (half-day)

3) Producing Broadcast-Quality, Preservation-Worthy Video (full day).

For more information about this year’s conference, including the agenda and on-line registration, visit www.getty.edu/webwise2007/conference.
Visit www.imls.gov/webwise for more information on past WebWise conferences.

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 122,000 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 www.imls.gov.

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