Agenda: Wednesday Pre-Conferences


Pre-conference #1 - Libraries and Museums Engaging Youth in STEM Learning
9AM - 4:30PM

President Obama has launched an “Educate to Innovate” campaign to improve the participation and performance of America’s students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This campaign includes not only efforts sponsored by the Federal Government but also those promoted by leading companies, foundations, non-profits, and science and engineering societies. Libraries and museums are leading partners in this national effort, making significant contributions to both formal education and informal learning in the STEM disciplines. A significant trend in library- and museum-sponsored informal learning, especially in STEM-related fields, has been the support of social constructivist activities where youth learn through group investigation and creation. This day-long pre-conference will explore some current research in this area and provide a few, key examples of projects that seek to build STEM knowledge through doing. Participants should expect to take part in their own active learning.

Mary Stansbury
Sarah Chicone
Whitney Stein

Milton Chen

Lydia Beall
Barry Fishman
Susan Guevara
Elizabeth Lonsdorf
Ellen Middaugh
Rob Ross
Marsha Semmel

A boxed lunch will be provided for those participating in a full day of pre-conference activities.

Pre-conference #2 - Thinking Like a Lawyer, While Opening Doors, Access, and Minds
9AM - 12:30PM

As users engage with museum, library, and archive collections, they are creating new resources and materials themselves. This pre-conference will address the types of legal issues that may arise when libraries, museums, and archives move beyond their traditional services and support on-line and on-site creativity and innovation. The speakers will discuss legal strategies in connection with user-generated content, social media, and online collections.

Nancy Weiss
Sayeed Choudhury
Melissa Levine
Mary Minow
Hope O’Keeffe
Arabella Yip

Pre-conference #3 - Helping Researchers Manage Their Data: Constructing Data Curation Profiles
1PM - 4:30PM

The needs of researchers and data producers are changing radically because of the disruptive effects of technology on research and its dissemination. In 2007, IMLS supported a research project conducted by Purdue University in partnership with the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign to investigate which researchers are willing to share data, when, with whom, and under what conditions, with a goal of developing data management services to those disciplines most open to sharing data for reuse. The team documented data/metadata workflows, developed a template for constructing profiles on data management needs and practices for a range of disciplines and a matrix to compare parameters across disciplines, and identified system requirements for managing data in a repository. In 2010, IMLS made a continuing education award to Purdue for a series of workshops to help libraries and other institutions involved in managing research data become more effective data curators. This half-day workshop will provide an overview of the project’s research findings, recommendations and freely available tools.

Joyce Ray

D. Scott Brandt

Reception - Baltimore National Aquarium
6:30PM - 8:30PM