The Public Humanities Toolbox
Al Lees, co-developer of the Public Humanities Toolbox; Leah Nahmias, resident history educator at American Social History Project/Center for Media and Learning and co-developer of the Public Humanities Toolbox
Creating an engaging, interactive Web presence need not require a big budget or extensive technical know-how. The Public Humanities Toolbox shows how to take advantage of low cost (often free) Web tools to build audiences and present information and collections online. The Toolbox's strength is its reliance on popular, easy-to-use applications such as WordPress, Flickr, Google Maps, YouTube, and Scribd, to provide cultural organizations with ways to interact with their communities and find new audiences online. The Toolbox is targeted at small institutions that lack a dedicated tech person or the budget for outside consultants. This workshop will provide an introduction to the Toolbox applications and examples of how nonprofits and public humanities organization are using these tools in exciting and creative ways. Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop with wireless Internet capabilities and an idea for a digital project that they might pursue with the tools they learn about in the workshop. For the last hour of the workshop, participants will break into collaborative small groups and think about how best to choose tools and create an action plan for projects.