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Conference on web access to cultural collections

From: Lori Foley <lfoley>
Date: Monday, March 11, 2002
The Northeast Document Conservation Center presents
Off the Wall and Online:
Providing Web Access to Cultural Collections
May 30-31, 2002

If you have time for only one conference this year, opt for Off the
Wall and Online, at The National Heritage Museum (formerly The
Museum of Our National Heritage) in Lexington, Massachusetts. This
cutting-edge conference from the Northeast Document Conservation
Center (NEDCC) in Andover, Massachusetts, is designed to serve
institutions that are digitizing or planning to digitize collections
and also those who simply want to make their Web sites more
interesting. As the emergence of the World Wide Web has made the
world smaller, museums and their online audiences have grown
tremendously. This event will address the questions and challenges
facing both large and small institutions that are undertaking
digitization projects and putting images from their collections
online for educational purposes, research, and public relations.

The NEDCC conference will bring together museum educators, technical
experts, and administrators to discuss the new access opportunities
as well as the often perplexing issues of quality versus cost and
longevity of digital files. A keynote address by Beverly Sheppard,
Deputy Director of IMLS, will focus on outreach to diverse
communities. New evaluation data will be presented to help define
the online audience and determine what sorts of programs are most
effective in engaging this audience.

Topics will include:

    *   The Changing Role of Museums
    *   Attracting Visitors to a Web Site
    *   Cooperating to Build Virtual Collections
    *   Reaching Out to Diverse Audiences
    *   Designing a Web Site
    *   Quality of Scanned Images
    *   Web-based Education
    *   Image Capture for Preservation and Access

The conference will be held on May 30-31, 2002, at The National
Heritage Museum (formerly The Museum of Our National Heritage) in
Lexington, Massachusetts. A National Museum Leadership Grant from
the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) supports this
high-profile event. IMLS is an independent, federal, grant-making
agency that fosters leadership, innovation, and education learning
through museums and libraries. Co-sponsors are the New England
Museum Association and The National Heritage Museum. NEDCC also
receives financial support for its field service activities from the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Massachusetts Cultural

Registration information is available on NEDCC's Web site at
<URL:> or contact Ginny Hughes at
ghughes [at] nedcc__org

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