Welcome to UpNext!

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    Thank you for taking part in the creation of UpNext, a resource to guide thinking about the future of museums and libraries! From March 3rd until May 12th, 2010, we encourage you and your colleagues to weigh in about the big challenges and opportunities facing these institutions through UpNext: The Future of Museums and Libraries Wiki.

    Whether you work in, partner with, study, volunteer, visit or are just plain interested in museums and libraries and passionate about how they can continue to thrive in their service to the public—you have an opinion to be shared! We hope that it will be a thought provoking ten weeks for all participants and provide food for thought for your career, your institution and the choices you face.

    The Vision:

    A collaborative resource based on The Future of Museums and Libraries: A Discussion Guide, [http://www.imls.gov/pdf/DiscussionGuide.pdf] that is available and used by others across the museum and library fields to continue to stimulate discussion and share knowledge about planning, enhancing, enriching and sustaining the future of museums and libraries in the 21st century.

    The Goals for this wiki:

    • Share ideas, resources and projects that help libraries and museums plan for the future and take action;

    • Encourage cross disciplinary conversation and engage experts as well as emerging professionals;

    • Use a 2.0 communications strategy to engage citizens in government;

    • Provide IMLS with input to consider for its strategic plan and to inform future IMLS research, publications, convening and grantmaking.

    Please read the Introduction for a synopsis of the wiki and how you can participate!

    Please review our Wiki Use Policy for participation before you contribute to the wiki!

    Thank you for joining us in this new and exciting project!

    What is a wiki? How does it work?

    A wiki is a collaborative website that allows multiple users to easily create, edit and comment on multiple linked pages. Wikipedia is a well-known example of a wiki. This site is hosted by Wikispaces, and the company provides several video tours that explain the basics of how this wiki works. If you click "Help" at the top right hand of your screen, you can also access an extensive help section on the wiki, as well as a discussion forum for troubleshooting questions. You can also send a message to IMLS username or email upnext@imls.gov if you have questions.

    How can I comment on this wiki?

    The wiki has several pages, which are listed on the left hand side of the screen. On each page of the wiki, you will see several tabs, "page", "discussion", "history" and "notify me". The "discussion" tab is where wiki members can post comments specific to that page. Members have the option of submitting a new post, or replying directly to a previous post. If you want to reply directly to a previous post, click on the subject line of the post and then you will have the ability to post a reply. All replies to a particular post are linked together.

    Are there any pages where I can't comment?
    Until a Discussion Theme is launched, the discussion tab will be closed. Once the theme is open, the discussion tab is open. Some pages of the wiki will remain closed because they are for information purposes only. If you do have any questions for IMLS about a locked page please contact us at upnext@imls.gov.

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