In February 2014 Perla Innocenti (University of Glasgow) was invited by the top-ranking Graduate School of Libraries and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to deliver a public lecture on ‘Leveraging the power Cultural Heritage Informatics: reflective societies in a changing world’, in which she showcased MeLa research on cultural networks, globalization and migrating heritage.
In addition with several GSLIS faculty members, Perla also met and discussed MeLa research on cultural networks and migrating heritage with Professor Helaine Silverman, Director of Collaborative for Cultural Heritage Management and Policy (CHAMP) and Professor Terry Weech about his engagement with European Union Center of Excellence (EUC) at the University of Illinois.
GSLIS believes that ‘People use information for analysis, inquiry, collaboration, and play—and in so doing, change the world’ and its mission is ‘dedicated to shaping the future of information through research, education, and engagement, both public and professional. Our mission is to lead the way in understanding the use of information in science, culture, society, commerce, and the diverse activities of our daily lives.’ CHAMP is ‘a strategic research center dedicated to the critical study of cultural heritage and museum practices on a worldwide scale in the context of globalization’, and the EUC is one of the ten original EU Centers in the United States. In 2003, the US Department of Education designated the EUC as a Title VI National Resource Center.
Contacts and ideas exchanged during this visit will be reported in the final book of MeLa RF03. Stay tuned!