Digital Dreams Conference. The Future of Archives, Museums and Libraries
Wednesday, September 06 2017 All Day

The 48th Annual Conference of IALHI-International Association of Labour History Institutions and the
20th Anniversary Conference of Worklab-International Association of Labour Museums takes place in Ghent, Belgium from 6-9 September 2017. The topic is „Digital Dreams. 
Information Technology, Social History Research and the Future of Archives, Museums and Libraries.

The use of computers and information technology in museums, archives and libraries has been going on for several years now, however in a number of aspects the digital era in the sector is only beginning, both in the way of opportunities (think Augmented Reality) or as a threat (think Digital Dark Age). Will the digital era be a dream or a nightmare? At what cost will it come? Will the new technologies be global or rather widen the gap with the South? How will IT change the agenda, methods and needs of research, collection management and public programmes in the domain of labour and social history? Can digital technology open up closed collections of workers’ culture or help us bring the history of the labour movement to a larger audience? The international conference Digital Dreams will bring together museum curators, collection managers and researchers in the field of social history to jointly discuss common issues of existing and emerging digital opportunities. The conference will not be limited to theoretical approaches but will also consider best practices and best cases and look for prospects of collaboration on joint research projects.

Special attention will be given to the implementation of technologies that will further open up our collections for research. This is undoubtedly a two way lane: research will help archives, libraries and museums to collect and preserve the collections in innovating ways and to disseminate cultural heritage to new and much broader user groups. On the other hand, virtualization, digitization and cloud technologies will offer new opportunities to researchers on an unseen scale.

The conference Digital Dreams is organized by IALHI-International Association of Labour History Institutions and Worklab-International Association of Labour Museums, with the support of ITH-International Conference of Labour and Social History and ELHN-European Labour History Network. Hosted in Ghent, Belgium by Amsab-Institute of Social History. This conference is the first event where IALHI and Worklab are working together. 

The full program is available here.

There is no conference fee. The conference dinner and excursion are for members only. 

Please fill in the registration form. Only registered participants will be allowed at the conference. 

The conference excursion will be a guided walking tour on Saturday 9 September through the historic centre of Ghent exploring the highlights of 150 years of social history.

De Krook City Library of Ghent
Ghent Belgium

Contact Information:
Amsab-Institute of Social History
+32 (09) 2240079