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Creating 21st Century Digital Collections

May 16, 2017

$40 – $65

Join Kristen Gwinn-Becker, as she discusses strategizing, creating or updating, engaging, and sustaining modern digital collections. She will walk through the six areas outlined below, showing examples for each section. Participants may send an email in advance that contains a link to their digital collections and the top three questions they would like answered about their current situation or a future initiative. Kristen will work with examples from participants as well as draw on real (digital) world examples of digital initiatives from her international technology company HistoryIT. The different challenges these institutions faced and the innovative solutions that were employed to maximize user impact and sustainability will be shared with attendees. This webinar will focus on what users of digital collections demand now, and on sustainable best practices for converting or creating online platforms that not only grow with their users’ interests and expectations but also bring out the hidden stories each collection holds.

  1. Then and now – what’s different about digital collections in the 21st century?
  2. Strategy – what do you have and who do you want to reach?
  3. Managing versus Sharing – what’s the difference and where to place your effort?
  4. Digital Framework – is your digital environment optimized to connect your content with the audiences you seek to engage?
  5. Digital Storytelling – how can you tell engaging stories with your collection or collections once they are digital?
  6. Ongoing considerations – how can you best position your digital collections for sustainability? Most importantly, where is the funding?


Date: May 16, 2017

Time: 3pm EST/2pm Central/1pm Mountain/12pm Pacific/10am Hawaii

Cost: $40 members/$65 nonmembers


About the Instructor:

Kristen Gwinn-Becker, PhD is a successful, dynamic and engaging entrepreneur with a unique background. She was the youngest graduate of the University of Maine, received a Master’s Degree from Trinity College Dublin, studied Museum Studies at Harvard University, and obtained a Doctorate in U.S. History from George Washington University. She is also a skilled computer programmer and database expert. In 2012, Kristen combined her expertise in history and technology to found HistoryIT with a mission to address the need for historical collections to be made accessible to a much broader audience than professional researchers. With the goal of building truly searchable digital heritage collections, HistoryIT combines its software and services solutions to deliver robust digital presentations that are transforming the way the public will access our collective history. As CEO Kristen has grown HistoryIT to an international industry-leading organization that works with cultural institutions, universities, corporations, professional associations, sports teams, and others throughout the world.