The digital age is upon us
It feels as if every snippet of information imaginable is accessible through a quick Google search. Some say this renders libraries, museums and other cultural institutions irrelevant. But in fact, cultural institutions are more relevant than ever, not just for their curatorial excellence and unique collections -- because they offer education, events, scholarship, and leadership that organizes and uplifts our society and the world around us.
As digital becomes de facto, and as collections digitization and holdings metadata becomes ubiquitous, questions have emerged on how collections will be consumed, works viewed and books read.
- How can the digital realm further your mission?
- How will digital technologies increase access to your collections across the world and deeper into your community?
- How will the connecting of many cultural institutions’ data help scholars and academics dig deeper?
- How do collections change with the advent of publicly created collections, curations and annotations, and when patrons become metadata creators?
- How does the “third space” change with worldwide access to specialized databases?
- How does federated search and discovery work with the deeper level of collection databases?
- How does open data and creative commons licensing fit into your mission?