Manager, Applications Interface Design
Canadian Heritage Information Network
Director, Office of Library Services
Institute of Museum and Library Services
This session will examine various trends in digital libraries and virtual museums over the past ten years, including the hybridization of the concepts “museum” and “library,” the convergence of media (enabling repurposing and delivery across multiple platforms), new ways digital and physical spaces are being used, the potential to reach new users, and the increased engagement of users. Additionally, future directions will be discussed, such as gaining a better understanding of users and uses of digital content, an increase in the number of tools enabling users to participate in “creative communities,” the use of business models and services enabling libraries and museums of all sizes to create value for their users, and the availability of funding programs to support this work.