IMLS Issues RFP for Cooperator to Host the 2012 and 2013 WebWise Conferences

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) invites proposals to develop and host the 2012 and prospectively 2013, WebWise Conferences on Libraries and Museums in the Digital World in cooperation with IMLS.

The cooperative agreement will last for two years; funds for the 2013 conference will be released only upon successful completion of the 2012 conference, availability of federal funds, and approval of the IMLS Director.

The WebWise conference brings together technology experts and representatives of museums, libraries, archives, systems science, education, and other fields to explore the many opportunities to serve their communities through the innovative application of new technologies and to encourage broad geographic participation and input. To achieve this goal, IMLS seeks to offer the 2012 conference in the Western US (Oregon, Washington, California, or Nevada). The 2013 conference is prospectively planned to take place in Washington, DC.

Organizations eligible for the award include:

  • public and not-for-profit institutions of higher education,
  • all types of libraries and library consortia,
  • all types of public and not-for-profit museums and museum consortia, and
  • professional associations serving the museum or library field.

Federally operated and for-profit museums and libraries are not eligible to apply to host the conference.

The program announcement is available on the IMLS Web site at and, Funding Opportunity Number WEBWISE-FY11. Proposals must be submitted through no later than June 27, 2011. Awards will be announced in August 2011.

For more information, please contact Kevin Cherry, Senior Program Officer, Office of Library Services, Institute of Museum and Library Services, 1800 M Street NW, 9th Floor, Washington, DC 20036-5802. Telephone (202) 653-4662,

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