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Dear attendees and panelists,

Last month, we held our first ever virtual Round Table, “Your Digitization Program in the Age of Social Distancing,” and were absolutely amazed with the engagement and response we received from the community. With 7 expert panelists, over 700 signups, and 500 attendees, we hit our attendee limit within the first five minutes and kept a full house for over two hours. With perspectives from around the world, I was personally inspired by the quality of the discussion, and wanted to take this opportunity to thank each and every person that presented and attended for contributing to this critical  conversation. 

In these uncertain times, it was heartening and informative to see how institutions large and small are forging a path towards a “new normal,” with insight on every obstacle imaginable. Whether we were discussing technical topics and team safety, or compassionate leadership in crisis and the responsibility of digitization programs in the new world of remote access, our panelists brought a wealth of information and real-world experience to the table, and we would like to recognize and offer a special thank you to them, in order of appearance:

  • Justyna Badach (Philadelphia Museum of Art)
  • Dan Dennehy (Minneapolis Institute of Art)
  • Michael Smith (J. Paul Getty Trust)
  • Todd Swanson (J. Paul Getty Trust)
  • Tom Rieger (Library of Congress)
  • Bethany Davis (University of Iowa Libraries)
  • Hannah Frost (Stanford University Libraries)

I also want to share my gratitude with all that attended — thank you for joining us! This event would have been nothing without you, our supportive community, and your excellent questions and contributions to the solution-oriented discussion. We are prouder than ever to support cultural heritage institutions worldwide, and are confident that regardless of what lies ahead, we will continue to move forward as a collaborative, cohesive community.

If you were unable to attend, want to share the session, or watch it again, we have replays of the Round Table and all of our past webinars in our Project Lemonade Archive. We are planning on hosting a virtual follow-up COVID-19 related panel discussion in July, and hope to see you then, and eventually in attendance at our in-person Round Tables when the time comes. Until then, we hope you and yours are safe and healthy, and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Sincerely,

Peter Siegel

President and Founder, Digital Transitions Division of Cultural Heritage

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