Mardis (FSU-SLIS) to speak at IMLS WebWise 2011

Dr. Marcia Mardis
> , assistant professor at The Florida State University School of
Library & Information Studies, has been invited to speak at the WebWise
2011 Conference <>  in
Baltimore, MD. Regarded as a signature event of the Institute of Museum
and Library Services, the annual conference brings together
representatives from museums, libraries, education and other fields to
explore the possibilities for digital technologies.

The theme of this year's conference is "Science, Technology,
Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Education, Learning, and
Research." Mardis has investigated how school libraries can successfully
integrate open-source STEM materials into their collections and services
to increase student engagement.

Mardis will be one of three panelists presenting "Perfecting STEM
Partnerships: Libraries, Museums & Formal Education" on Friday, March
11. The panel will be moderated by Mary Stansbury, Chair of the Library
& Information Science Program at the University of Denver.

"I was honored to be asked to represent libraries in the small group of
information professionals leading this important discussion," said

The subject of the panel discussion from to the WebWise 2011 agenda
<> :

Museums and libraries have become key providers of opportunities to
develop 21st century skills in collaboration with formal education
partners. The STEM disciplines and professions need people who have a
global perspective, self-directed learners, creative and comfortable
with a wide array of rapidly changing information technologies. IMLS has
provided a number of opportunities and venues to develop community,
university, and school partnerships to provide 21st century skills with
a STEM focus. Several of IMLS and MacArthur-funded projects have created
innovative and engaging spaces, content, and experiences for students at
all levels to learn about STEM concepts and techniques. Preparing
library and museum professionals to work in these environments will also
be discussed.

The WebWise 2011 conference takes place on Wednesday, March 9, through
Friday, March 11, 2011 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel.
For more information visit the WebWise 2011 website
<> .


Bob Branciforte
Creative director
College of Communication & Information
The Florida State University