professionals from across the UK are to converge on the University of Leicester
for an exciting new training initiative that will enable them to make more
creative and informed use of new technologies within their organisations.
University's Department of Museum Studies, in partnership with mda and supported
by Resource, will be running a three-day course in March providing new media
training for museum professionals.
the Council for museums, archives and libraries is the leading,
government-funded organisation that works with and for museums, archives and
libraries within the UK. mda is at the forefront of promoting and supporting
information management within the cultural sector.
research, commissioned by the University of Leicester into the training and
development needs of the sector, identified a growing need for opportunities for
museum and gallery professionals to both engage with ideas around new media and
develop practical skills in ICT.
to this need, drawing upon the expertise and resources of mda and University of
Leicester, as well as the experiences of new media companies, the Spring School
in New Media will be characterised by its relevant, high quality and ideas-led
a mix of practical workshops, seminar discussions and lectures, the syllabus for
2002 will provide introductions to areas such as image capture/manipulation,
intellectual property rights, information management, project management,
working with external partners, consultants and new media companies, and
evaluation processes, with particular emphasis given to accessible Web site
design and development. Rather than providing training in one particular piece
of software, or one specific aspect of ICT, the syllabus is designed to provide
an opportunity for museum professionals to use productively (and think
critically about) a variety of multimedia and database management approaches
commonly used in museums.
Parry, Spring School co-ordinator at the University of Leicester comments,
"Our aim is to help professionals to identify the potential, the
limitations and the trajectory of current new media initiatives, and -
importantly - to provide them with the means to impart this knowledge to others.
Moreover, with its affordable cost, and provision for assisted places,
the School is also striving to provide opportunities for museum professionals
for whom such training has frequently been inaccessible."
to the rapidly changing needs of the sector, the Spring School in New Media 2002
will be the first in a series of new training initiatives in ICT provided by mda
and the University of Leicester.
cost of the three-day course is:
dinner, bed and breakfast in University accommodation from evening of 4 March to
breakfast of 7 March).
number of assisted places are available at a cost of £45 (non-residential) and
£115 (residential) through mda's NGfL funding from Resource. These are
available to employees of independent museums and smaller local authority
museums and priority will be given to individuals working within AMC regions
that have not previously benefited from mda's NGfL funding.
All applications for assisted places must be made to the Department of
Museum Studies by 1 February 2002.
Spring School organisers are also grateful to mwr Ltd for their input into the
programme and for their sponsorship of study materials to accompany the school.
note that the total number of places on the Spring School is limited to 18
further information and a booking form or to reserve a place please contact:
School in New Media
further information, please contact Dr Ross Parry, Lecturer, Department of
Museum Studies on 0116 252 3964, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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