May 25, 2022

Museums/New Media: Presentations from "Ignite Smithsonian" April 11th, 2011

As we mentioned the other day when we posted materials from Museum and the Web Conference, there is a lot of material that has direct application to the library world.

On Monday, the “Ignite Smithsonian” event took place in DC focusing on new media and museums but once again many of the presentations will be of interest to info pros.

If  you didn’t watch the presentations live here’s the info you need to watch archived versions.

Three Presentations that Might Be of Special Interest:

  • Martin Kalfatovic: ebooks for everybody
    Martin is a librarian at the Smithsonian
  • Kate Theimer: How I Got Over My Hatred Of “Archive” As A Verb, And Other Stories Of Words And Evolutions
    Kate is an author (Web 2.0 Tools and Strategies for Archives and Local History Collections), Former National Archives and Smithsonian Institution employee, and proprietor of the AWESOME ArchivesNext Twitter Stream
  • Fiona Rigby: Making New Zealand Content Easier to Find, Share, Use
    Fiona is the Content Manager at DigitalNZ

What is an Ignite Event?

Each speaker speaks for 5 minutes. The speaker uses 20 slides which advance automatically every 15 seconds. Talks are lively, entertaining, provocative. There’s a performance art aspect to Ignite events, and it’s an easy/fun way to share a lot of ideas in a short period of time. Learn more about Ignite talks on the official Ignite website.

Post-Event Coverage

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About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.