The Institute of Museum & Library Services has just announced the launch of UpNext, a wiki site where people can share thoughts about IMLS’s recently published Discussion Guide on the future of museums and libraries. Starting next week, a series of themes will be featured on the wiki, each for a two-week period, introduced by expert discussion leaders. The project wraps up May 19 when IMLS posts a summary of the discussions.
If you haven’t read the guide yet, I recommend you access it here. It’s a good framework for thinking about the trends affecting both museums and libraries (like financial stress, challenges to traditional models of authority, digitized content and the search for effective measures of success.) In the future, the boundaries of these organizations may become more and more blurred, until it’s hard to categorize them as one or the other. (And IMLS may become the Institute of Liseum Services?)
And if you want to get more engaged in exploring the intersection (and evolution) of these two fields, check out the Committee on Archives, Libraries and Museums (CALM), a joint committee of the American Library Association, the Society of American Archivists and AAM. CALM will host a session at 9 am on Monday, May 24 at the AAM Annual Meeting in LA devoted to the Discussion Guide. And CALM welcomes attendees to join them at their committee meeting at 3:45 pm that same day.
I hope you weigh in--I look forward to seeing your thoughts, and blogging about them here!