WebWise 2014 is set for February 10-12, 2014 at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace in Baltimore, MD and the theme will be “Anchoring Communities.”

Striving for coherence between the conference’s theme and its format, WebWise will continue to engage perspective and registered attendees through community sourcing and engagement.  You’ll find that the format of this year’s conference reflects feedback we received after WebWise 2013.

Program

Overwhelmingly, last year’s participants asked for more workshops, shorter sessions, more variety, and more opportunities to hear about exemplary IMLS projects. This year’s conference will bring back IdeaScale voting on workshop topics and the “WiseCamp” unconference-style sessions on flexible and suggested by conference participants that allow for collaboration, hacking, and problem solving.

We are also pleased to announce two engaging keynote speakers: Nick Poole from Collections Trust and Mary Flanagan from Dartmouth University.

One of the most notable changes is that WebWise has eliminated the pre-conference workshop day in favor of a full 2 1/2 day conference agenda that alternates workshop selections with unconference sessions, called WiseCamp sessions. Through a participatory, “hands-on” and dynamic format, those who attend WebWise 2014 will enjoy a flexible, and diverse program, featuring opportunities to learn a new skill, to share an experience, and to forge partnerships and connections with peers at other institutions.

WebWise Now

In the coming weeks, look for a new resource from WebWise: WebWise Now. A new type of online publication, WebWise Now offers the latest news and blog posts from leaders in the GLAM community who write and share their scholarship about building, refining, and sustaining digital projects. Each week, WebWise Now will select and distribute new content that will help you “catch the best” advice, practices, and scholarship discussed by your peers and freely available on the open web.

Registration

WebWise 2014 is already starting to come together. With your help over the next few weeks and months, the conference program will continue to evolve. Stay tuned to our site for important updates, such as the opening of registration this month, IdeaScale voting, and the launch of WebWise Now. Stay up-to-date on the most recent WebWise happenings, too, by following us on Twitter at @imlswebwise.

We look forward to seeing you at WebWise 2014!