When we announced the open application process for Collective Wisdom: Libraries, Archives and Museums (LAM) Conference Exchange, we had no idea how strong and enthusiastic the response would be. We were surprised and gratified to receive 112 complete applications from highly qualified candidates, representing a healthy diversity across sectors, geographies, and career stages. The invitation to join a cohort to strengthen connections and surmount barriers between LAMs clearly resonates across the fields ―the time is ripe.
As one applicant stated, “I am excited about participating in the Collective Wisdom exchange as a way to move beyond myopia and engage in convergence conversations that, I believe, are critical for the future of all three fields.”
With such a rich pool of candidates to draw from, the selection committee deliberated carefully and strenuously through multiple rounds of review and arrived at a list of 18 people, all of whom bring a diversity of experience and perspectives from the variety of institutions they represent. These Collective Wisdom participants will first convene virtually as a learning community, start building relationships, and identify their goals and desired outcomes for this collaborative experience. We’ll all be watching to see what priorities they identify and what direction they will take, as they prepare for the first conference meetup at AAM Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo in May.
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