[#CONFERENCE] Digital Cultural Heritage Symposium
Presented by @BrooklynHistory, @BrooklynMuseum, @BrooklynPublic Library & @PrattInstitute
Friday, May 17 | 10am-5pm
Othmer Library of the Brooklyn Historical Society, located at 128 Pierrepont Street Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn Historical Society
For a full program schedule, including a full list of panelists, visit http://bit.ly/1003naJ
Brooklyn Historical Society, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Public Library, and Pratt Institute are pleased to announce a one-day conference that will take place May 17, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Othmer Library of the Brooklyn Historical Society, 128 Pierrepont Street at the corner of Clinton Street. The conference—themed Digital Cultural Heritage and User Experience—will explore the value and impact of digital cultural heritage across museums, libraries, and archives with particular focus on the user experience in both the physical and digital worlds. The event is free and open to the public with RSVP to 718-222-4111 x224 email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org>; seating is limited.
Set in the midst of today’s digital revolution, library and information science experts will discuss how digital collections and services transform our cultural institutions and change the way we experience and think about cultural heritage.
The symposium represents the culminating event of Project CHART (Cultural Heritage, Access, Research, and Technology), a three-year collaborative project between Pratt Institute’s School of Information & Library Science (SILS), Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS), Brooklyn Museum (BM), and Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) to digitize historical photographs of Brooklyn and make them accessible to members of the public.
The symposium will be divided into a morning and afternoon session. Tula Giannini, Dean, Pratt SILS, will provide welcome remarks and introduce morning key-note speaker Sebastian Chan, Director of Digital and Emerging Media, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. Chan, an internationally recognized technology and digital strategy specialist, is working to elevate and expand the museum’s online user experience alongside its physical renovation. Aaron Staup Cope, Senior Engineer, Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will lead a panel discussion to close out the morning session.
Stephen Bury, Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library, will deliver the afternoon keynote address. Bury, a renowned librarian and art historian, joined the Frick in 2010 after a decade at the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom and one of the world’s greatest research institutions. His talk will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Jonathan Bowen, Professor Emeritus, London South Bank University.
Project CHART partners created the Brooklyn Visual Heritage (BVH) website at http://bit.ly/ZENVkN to fully engage users with Brooklyn culture and community illuminated by the significant collections of BHS, BM, and BPL. Project CHART builds on earlier collaborations between Pratt-SILS and each of the cultural institution partners, whose historical photographic collections represent their rich holdings. The project was initiated by Pratt with funding through an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) grant sponsored by the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian program http://bit.ly/ZEO9sa.