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Museum conference to focus on IT

The Korean Museum Association offered a preview yesterday of its fourth International Conference, scheduled to take place at the National Museum of Korea in Yongsan District, central Seoul, on Saturday and Sunday.

Participants will include representatives of Chinese and Japanese museum associations and of 14 academic organizations including the Korean branch of the International Council of Museums, according to the umbrella group of about 700 local museums.

They will discuss the direction and outlook for museum policies, such as how to make use of museums as cultural complexes and how to integrate information technology into museum operations.

On the May 16 session of the symposium, Choe Kwang-shik, director of the National Museum of Korea, is scheduled to deliver a speech on “Development Strategies of 21st Century Museums.”

Afterward, presentations will be given by Zhang Bai, president of the Chinese Museum Association; Eiji Mizushima, a standing member of the Japanese Museum Association; and Jeon Bo-sam, president of the Korean Museum Association.

The Korean Museum Association will also give out its Museum Professional Award. Every year, awards are given to honor workers in the industry who have greatly contributed through their service to the development of Korea’s museums and art galleries, the association said. The awards are broken down into three categories, for longtime professionals, those with midterm experience and newcomers.

This year’s senior recipients are Lee Yung-jo, former director of the Chungbuk National University Museum, and Ji Gon-gil, former director of the National Museum of Korea.

The recipients of the award in the middle category are Han Young-hee, former head of the antiquities department of the National Museum of Korea, and Shin Gwang-seob, director of the National Folk Museum of Korea.

The sole rookie to win is Jang In-gyeong, director of the Iron Museum.

A special achievement award will go to Yoon Gyeong-ryeol, former director of the Gyeongju National Museum Children’s Museum, and Choi Sun-joo, team leader at the National Museum of Korea Children’s Museum.

The awards ceremony will be held at the auditorium of the National Museum of Korea at 3 p.m. Monday, during the 13th General Assembly of Korean Museum Professionals.

By Moon Dan-bee Contributing Writer []

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