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The Future of Museums and Libraries
in a Digital Age

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The Future of Museums and Libraries in a Digital Age ::

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In 2008 I received a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur foundation to investigate the changing nature of the technological imagination in digital culture.  Specifically the research project was designed to address one of the four key questions of the MacArthur Foundation’s initiative in Digital Media and Learning (DML):  How might informal learning institutions change to better serve young people, both those who are already engaged with new digital media, and those who are not yet?  The grant received from the MacArthur Foundation supported a set of efforts and outcomes that were designed to contributed to the intellectual foundation for a new field of digital media and learning.

This research focused on specifying key learning activities, new kinds of devices and environments, and literacy practices for two important sites of informal learning: public libraries and museums.  This project asserted that informal sites such as libraries and museums can become even more important nodes in a networked learning environment through the development of specialized digital learning objects, evocative physical devices, and responsive physical environments.

In 2008-2009, my research team at USC developed a “creative inventory” of the use of digital media in museums and libraries.  The research was described in 15 blog postings that are available at the Digital Media and Learning Research Hub hosted by the University of California Humanities Research Institute.

Members of the research team:  Anne Balsamo, Cara Wallis, Maura Klosterman, Susana Bautista, and Perry Hoberman

This research project was supported by a generous grant from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

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