Speaker: Gail Durbin
April 9-12, 2008
Montréal, Québec, Canada

Speakers: Biography

Gail Durbin

Deputy Director of Learning and Interpretation and Head of the Online Museum
Victoria & Albert Museum
Online Museum
Cromwell Road
South Kensington
SW7 2RL United Kingdom

Gail Durbin is the Head of V&A Online where she is currently responsible for digital and media projects. She has been at the V&A since 1991 in various roles from Head of the Schools Service to producing the educational framework for the V&A's British Galleries. Since 2002 she has been responsible for the V&A's website. She started her career as a history teacher and has worked for Norfolk Museums Service and English Heritage. She has published widely on the educational aspects of museums. Gail is entirely non-technical but hugely excited by the power of digital media to further the mission of museums to reach out to and engage with their audiences. She is very intertested in developing ways of encouraging user-generated content. The V&A has recently recognised the importance of the web to its future development by establishing the Online Museum as an independent department and the V&A is currently working on a digital Futureplan.

Gail will present Just Do It! Web 2.0 as task not technology. [Mini-Workshop]