Welcome Remarks from the 2008 WebWise Conference
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Welcome Remarks by Anne-Imelda Radice



Thank you so much, Cathy. I have had the honor and privilege of visiting The Wolfsonian many years ago when things were just getting started. It was a tall mountain to climb and you have done it. I really hope that all of you have the opportunity to visit the museum while you are here and also the Bass Museum. I know that there is a reception tonight but don’t forget about The Wolfsonian.

Having worked at the Department of Education where Title IX was something we dealt with all the time, I feel that it is my responsibility to report that the Florida International University women’s basketball team won last night and the men’s didn’t.


As you have heard, this is the Ninth Annual WebWise Conference and that is saying something. It is because of the partnership with the federal agency, IMLS, and these incredible institutions, the vision of our staff, the vision of the people who are all sitting in this room — this is an extremely important endeavor and certainly as long as I am head of IMLS we will continue to provide the support that is needed.

This is the first time I believe that we have had this meeting in the southern part of our country. It also gave the opportunity for more people to attend. This was something we were very concerned about. You heard about the diverse representation that we have including Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and I didn’t know about Macedonia. I think that that’s saying a lot in itself.

You have heard thank you’s. I will not repeat them. I do want to say that the super stars who work at IMLS, especially Joyce Ray, Marsha Semmel, Susan Malbin, Mary Chute and on and on — these are folks who have committed a lot of time to the success of this event. They are also people who answer their phones if you have questions with anything to do with IMLS. We have a Web site. We have real people who answer the phones that will be very happy to help you in any of your endeavors.

The theme of this Conference, Web 2.0, The Power of Community, is becoming increasingly important to museums and libraries. At this Conference we will explore how the Internet and Web 2.0 technologies can extend institutions’ capacities to make their collections and programs accessible to all types of users. I am also very pleased about how Web 2.0 correlates to conservation efforts, an issue that is very close to my heart and IMLS’s heart.

At last year’s WebWise Conference, I mentioned how digitization could be an important part of an institution’s stewardship responsibilities. This year we are extending that conversation to talk about how the Internet can be used to engage an online audience with collections. Last year I also mentioned that IMLS was unveiling a new conservation initiative — Connecting to Collections. I am so pleased to report that we have had a great response to this initiative.

In addition to our first Conference in Washington in January this year, we had the first stop on our national tour, Atlanta, where we highlighted America’s diverse collections. The next stop is Denver, where we will be discussing collaboration in a digital age and exploring the importance and challenges in creating quality digital products. I should say again, please visit our Web site because there is a great deal of information about the Denver Conference which is June 24 and 25 and we are accepting applications to attend.

It is always a pleasure to be able to introduce a friend and someone you respect. That is certainly the case when it comes to introducing The Honorable Bruce Cole. Bruce has the distinction — When you are appointed to be heads of agencies, in my case it’s by law four–year term. Any other agency, cabinet official, if your candidate goes a second term you know you have that chance. In most cases you do not get a second four years. Bruce has received that honor. He is a Renaissance scholar. He is a gentleman. And so a gentleman and a scholar, Bruce Cole. End of article


About the author

On 13 December 2005, the President of the United States nominated Anne–Imelda Radice, Ph.D., a distinguished art and architecture historian, museum professional, and administrator, to be Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The United States Senate confirmed Dr. Radice’s nomination on 13 March 2006. The Institute, an independent United States government agency, is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. Dr. Radice was most recently the Acting Assistant Chairman for Programs at the National Endowment for the Humanities. She assisted the Chairman in the overall program administration of this federal agency dedicated to supporting research, education, preservation, and public programs in the humanities.

Before joining the National Endowment for the Humanities, Dr. Radice was Chief of Staff to the Secretary of the United States Department of Education from 2003 to 2005. She was a member of the Secretary’s executive team and worked closely with the Secretary to fulfill the Department’s mission to promote excellence in American education.

From 2001 to 2003, Dr. Radice served as Executive Director of the Appeal of Conscience Foundation in New York City. Begun more than 35 years ago by Rabbi Arthur Schneier, the Foundation promotes religious freedom, tolerance, and human rights throughout the world.

From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Radice was Executive Director of the Friends of Dresden, Inc., an organization devoted to the reconstruction, restoration, and preservation of Dresden’s artistic and architectural legacy. Her fundraising responsibilities included Friends of Dresden’s two largest campaigns, the restoration of the Dresden Synagogue set ablaze during Kristallnacht in 1938 and the reconstruction of the Frauenkirche (Our Lady of Sorrows Cathedral), which dominated the city’s skyline from 1794 until 1945.

From 1993 to 1995, Dr. Radice consulted for New River Media, World Affairs Television Production in Montreal and Washington, D.C., and Grey and Company II.

Appointed by President George H.W. Bush in May 1992 to serve as the Acting Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts, Dr. Radice oversaw the development, congressional approval, and management of a $US175 million budget and 273 employees. Prior to becoming Acting Chairman, Dr. Radice was Senior Deputy Chairman, the number two spot at the agency, where she developed substantial private funding and partnerships for a variety of projects.

From 1989 to 1991, Dr. Radice was Chief of the Creative Arts Division of the United States Information Agency (USIA). There she supervised the presidentially appointed Cultural Property Advisory Committee. The Committee, formed in response to the 1970 UNESCO Convention, promotes long–term measures to safeguard cultural heritage artifacts. She also managed the USIA’s international planning of fine arts, museum technology, art conservation, and cultural tourism.

As the first Director of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (1983–1989), the only museum in the world dedicated exclusively to displaying works by women artists of all periods and nationalities, Dr. Radice participated in the renovation of a 78,810–square–foot historic Washington landmark. Redesigned with the highest museum and security standards, the former Masonic Temple near the White House reopened as the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in 1987 and has won numerous architectural awards. By the end of her directorship, the NMWA’s budget had grown to $US4 million and its membership had reached 100,000.

From 1976 to 1985, Dr. Radice worked in the Office of the Architect of the U.S. Capitol, first as Architectural Historian (1976 to 1981), then as Curator. While there Dr. Radice developed an information and conservation system for the 55,000 historic drawings in the collection. She initiated art restoration and conservation programs for the U.S. Capitol and other buildings under its jurisdiction. She also supervised the Research, Archives, Records Management, and Architectural History Divisions.

Anne–Imelda Radice began her career in arts administration in 1971 at the National Gallery of Art as Assistant Curator and Staff Lecturer. While there (until 1976) Radice wrote educational materials for such blockbuster exhibitions as King Tutenkamen and Treasures from China. She also initiated the first–ever foreign language lecture and tour service and was cited by the Wall Street Journal for introducing the National Gallery to a wider audience.

Dr. Radice has authored numerous publications on art and architecture including The original Library of Congress: the history (1800–1814) of the Library of Congress in the United States Capitol (1981), a seminal architectural study of the West Front of the U.S. Capitol that resolved a controversy during the restoration of the façade and led to its successful completion.

Dr. Radice has a Ph.D. in Art and Architectural History from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1976), an MBA from American University (1985), and a BA in Art History from Wheaton College, Norton, Massachusetts (1969). Dr. Radice has an MA from the Villa Schifanoia in Florence, Italy (1971) and did graduate coursework in northern Italian architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Dr. Radice succeeds Dr. Robert S. Martin, a library professional, as Director of the Institute and will serve for a four–year term. Deputy Director for Libraries Mary L. Chute served as Acting Director since the end of Dr. Martin’s term in July 2005. The directorship of the Institute alternates between individuals from the museum and library communities.

Direct Comments to Melanie Dodson, mdodson [at] imls[dot] gov


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Paper received 21 July 2008.

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Welcome Remarks from the 2008 WebWise Conference
by Anne–Imelda Radice
First Monday, Volume 13 Number 8 - 4 August 2008

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