Colorado History Digital Badges

History Colorado will design, create, pilot, and evaluate five multilevel 21st century skills-based Colorado History Digital Badges for children in fourth, seventh, and eleventh grades. Each badge will challenge students to complete various quests or activities in conjunction with the learning standards for their appropriate grade. The badges will benefit teachers who are being asked […]

Digitized Commons for Civic Engagement

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System will partner with the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, the University at Buffalo Center for Urban Studies, Cleveland State University’s Center for Public History & Digital History, and Randforce Associates, LLC, to demonstrate the concept of a “digitized commons” that emphasizes selection and digitization of collections that are tied […]

Gallery One

The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Lifelong Learning Center will research, develop, and write interpretive content and storyboards for 425 works of art in “Behind the Scenes” spaces that will introduce visitors to the work of museum professionals. It will place visitors in the position of thinking about and interacting with works of art as museum […]

Great Ape Heart Project

Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is causing significant mortality in captive apes, often killing members of these endangered species in the prime of their reproductive lives. Zoo Atlanta’s funded project is a direct result of a 2010 IMLS National Leadership Planning Grant and will create an innovative and coordinated national program to investigate ape CVD and establish […]

Indexing Oral Histories with the OHMS Tool

Since its inception, efficient access to oral history in an archival setting has been challenging and expensive.  In the absence of a verbatim transcript, the user/researcher must, typically, listen to each moment in an interview in order to determine the potential for relevant information discovery.   The Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at […]

Keynote Address: Make It Personal: Developing Services That People Love

We live in an attention-based economy, in which consumers find themselves distracted by countless platforms, applications and services, all clamouring for their time. In this competitive environment, museums and libraries have a unique role to play  – offering new skills and insights into digital curation as well as helping people come together to address bigger […]

Money Matters

The New York Public Library (NYPL)’s “Money Matters” is a staff training initiative that educates staff on the core concepts and related reference sources of personal finance.  It also provides the opportunity to host presentations by experts from partnering agencies and associations or conduct personal finance training that their neighborhood communities need most.  The materials […]


Mukurtu CMS ( is a free and open source content management solution for Indigenous communities, museums, archives and libraries to share, license and curate their digital heritage.  As part of an IMLS funded National Leadership grant, Mukurtu CMS was developed and built from the ground up to addresses the specific concerns of Indigenous communities and […]


San Diego Society of Natural History will use popular technology, social software, and digitized natural history collections to reconnect the public with nature. NatureSpace addresses the challenge of making digitized natural history collections, which are traditionally not designed to be accessible to the average person, more engaging through a new user-friendly front-end interface. Working with […]

Play With Your Metadata

Mary Flanagan — founder of the Tiltfactor research lab as well as an artist, writer, and researcher– will share recent research on how games can be used as innovation tools by libraries and archives. Interested in collaboration, social impact, and creating paradigms for productive social interaction based on our inherent capacity for play, Flanagan will demonstrate these capacities in […]

Revenue for Digital Projects

Digital cultural heritage projects routinely struggle to find alternative sources of financial support once initial  grant  funding  ends.  Funding  agencies,  including  IMLS,  are  increasingly  cautious  of  projects  that  cannot demonstrate strategies for financial sustainability subsequent to their initial investments. This workshop will  help cultural heritage professionals unaccustomed to thinking about revenue streams and business models understand the range of extramural financial vehicles that are (and are not) realistically available to digital library and museum projects.

Smithsonian X 3D

Smithsonian X 3D launches a set of use cases which apply various 3D capture methods to iconic collection objects, as well as scientific missions. These projects indicate that this new technology has the potential not only to support the Smithsonian mission, but to transform museum core functions. Researchers working in the field may not come […]