January 6, 2012

IMLS Press Contacts
Kevin O'Connell, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> 
Mamie Bittner, [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask]> 

Registration Opens for WebWise 2012; Le Var Burton Announced as a
Keynote Speaker

Washington, DC-Registration is now open for the Institute of Museum and
Library Services' (IMLS) WebWise Conference, which will take place
February 29th-March 2nd at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in
Baltimore, MD. Today conference organizers announced that actor and
literacy champion LeVar Burton has been chosen as one of the keynote
speakers. Burton will speak on the morning of March 1.

A signature initiative of IMLS, the WebWise Conference annually brings
together representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems
science, education, and other fields to explore the many opportunities
made possible by digital technologies. George Mason University's Roy
Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media (CHNM), partnering with the
Balboa Park Online Collaborative (BPOC), is helping to organize the

WebWise 2012 will take up the theme of "Tradition and Innovation,"
investigating how libraries and museums have used digital technologies
to help scholars, students, educators, and the general public understand
history and the humanities. Taking special note of the unique
contributions that historical societies, public libraries, and other
small and local organizations make to humanities scholarship and
education, WebWise 2012 will illuminate the challenges these
organizations have faced in doing digital work, highlight the often
under-appreciated contributions they have made in this area, and bring
them into more fruitful conversation with colleagues in larger
organizations and in the arts and sciences. Some of the topics to be
covered by the conference include mobile technologies, crowdsourcing,
data visualizations, use of digital technologies in preserving and
providing greater access to oral history, and multi-institutional
collaboratives. The pre-conference includes two half-day explorations of
gaming and 21st century learners, and one full-day "unconference," also
known as "Wise Camp."

LeVar Burton, who first gained fame as Kunta Kinte in the acclaimed
miniseries Roots and later appeared in and directed numerous
incarnations of the Star Trek franchise, was the host and executive
producer of the highly acclaimed PBS children's television series
Reading Rainbow for 25 years, earning 13 Emmy Awards and five NAACP
Awards. He is also a former commissioner of the National Commission on
Library and Information Sciences (NCLIS). While still acting, Burton is
now primarily a successful film and television director. Last September
he announced the 2012 return of Reading Rainbow as a multifaceted new
media venture.

Those seeking more information about the conference should visit the
WebWise 2012 Web site
, which also provides a registration form
. There is no charge for conference attendance.

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 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. 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