Taking it to the Streets: Summit on the Value of Libraries, Archives and Museums in a Changing World

Taking  it to the Streets: Summit on the Value of Libraries, Archives and Museums in a  Changing World

On December 5 and 6, 2016, Library and Archives Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Museums Association (CMA), presented, Taking it to the Streets: Summit on the Value of Libraries, Archives and Museums in a Changing World.

The event explored the social and economic dimensions of the value of libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) in a rapidly changing world, as well as methods of connecting with their communities and of developing international networks of LAM practitioners and experts.

Close to 30 national and international invited speakers focused, among other topics, on digital literacy and the fundamental shift towards the adoption of digital strategies.

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For more information on the Summit: bac.sommetbam-lamsummit.lac@canada.ca.

Ottawa Declaration (December 2016)

Gathered in Ottawa for the Taking it to the Streets Summit, members of the library, archival and museum communities commit to find new ways of working together to increase the visibility and impact of memory institutions.

By adopting this Declaration, we commit to continually adapt and reinvent our institutions, and to promote the full value of libraries, archives and museums to Canadians.

Together, we will:

  • Increase collaboration between our institutions and our networks at the local and national levels to catalyze new partnerships that spark creativity and enhance engagement;
  • Develop innovative programs and services, and adopt technologies that empower us to engage our publics; and
  • Enrich and expand access to our collections to ensure that our institutions contribute significantly to the public good and sustainable development.

Abstract

We live in digital times, when memory itself might seem unnecessary. But memory institutions are not dead; they are not even gasping for air.

Libraries, archives and museums (LAMs) are some of the most enthusiastic adopters of new information technologies. They have adapted and reinvented themselves by offering everything from help with business start-ups to sleepovers with dinosaurs, and generating unexpected revenues.

When budgets are tight and the market for information is crowded, LAMs are being called on more and more to demonstrate their value. The Summit will help define where memory institutions fit in a world of smartphones, mobile apps, music sequencers, virtual reality, 3D printers and crowdsourcing.

This Summit will explore dimensions of the social and economic value offered by libraries, archives and museums; share research in this field; provide networking opportunities between LAM practitioners and experts; and identify further actions the LAM community might take to build on the discussions.

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