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.
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.
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.
D. Scott Brandt
Reception - Baltimore National Aquarium
6:30PM - 8:30PM