(The following press release has been cross-posted from the IMLS News & Events, Press Releases page.)

Washington, DC—Today conference organizers announced that freelance writer Audrey Watters has been chosen as one of the keynote speakers for this year’s WebWise conference. Watters will speak on the morning of March 8.

Watters is a writer who has worked in the education field for the past 15 years as a graduate student, college instructor, and program manager for an education technology nonprofit. Her work has appeared in Edutopia, MindShift, Fast Company, Inside Higher Ed, the School Library Journal, O’Reilly Radar, ReadWriteWeb, Campus Technology, and The Huffington Post, in addition to her own blog Hack Education.

Watters is a leading thinker on the intersection of education and digital technologies. A well-respected journalist whose work has appeared in print and across the web, Watters will offer WebWise participants her unique view of the shifting education technology terrain and the ways that libraries, archives, and museums might productively target their efforts to support learning in formal and informal venues.

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. WebWise highlights recent research and innovations in digital technology, explores their potential impacts on library and museum services, and promotes effective museum and library practices in a digital environment. It also provides recipients of technology-based grants from the Institute with an opportunity to showcase their exemplary projects.

Those seeking more information about the conference should visit the WebWise 2013 website, which also provides a registration form.

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