Puzzlemasters: How the University of South Carolina’s Library School Seeks to Revolutionize Museums and the Web

Professional Forum
Porchia Moore, USA

This presentation will explore how the University of South Carolina’s Library and Information Science (SLIS) Program is attempting to solve some of the conundrums of the modern day museum with the creation of their Cultural Heritage Leadership Informatics Leadership (CHIL) fellowship. The foremost goal of the CHIL program is to train doctorate level library professionals for advanced leadership positions across a variety of cultural heritage sectors with a particular focus on museums.  It is expected that CHIL fellows will help develop museum best practices as it relates to global digitization projects of cultural heritage artifacts.  The nuclei of the program’s course of study examines both philosophical and real world concerns involving convergence within libraries, archives, and museums. The presenter, a second year recipient of the  CHIL fellowship which was endowed by the IMLS  Laura Bush 21st Century Library Program,  will speak about her current research interests and projects which relate specifically to emerging issues regarding museums and the web.  SLIS views museums as the largest and most essential piece of the larger cultural heritage puzzle and thereby deems collaboration between libraries and museums essential for museum visitors (virtual or physical) of the Information Age. The presenter will highlight the unique skill sets of librarians trained as cultural heritage informatics specialists and how these specific technological skills translate well into the web-focused museum sector.  CHIL fellows are currently researching broad and significant concerns related to the following:

  • digitization of 3D objects using our new 3D image scanner at McKissick Museum
  • digital curation
  • digital access for Information/Digital Age learners
  • policy development for web-based cultural heritage material
  • strategies for increasing diverse participation among virtual museum visitors
  • measuring the value of social media on museums and their visitors

The presentation will conclude by reviewing the IMLS grant and some of the expectations for CHIL fellows so that participants have an opportunity to ask questions about the grant and the program.