Magazine article American Libraries

Spring Libraryland Tour: A Roundup of Some of the Happenings at Library Conferences throughout the Country

Magazine article American Libraries

Spring Libraryland Tour: A Roundup of Some of the Happenings at Library Conferences throughout the Country

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Our mission with outside/In has been to take useful ideas from the larger world of trends (outside) to see how they apply to libraries (in). In that vein, we're bringing you a roundup from our spring Libraryland conference tour:

Librarians at SXSW

Michael received an invitation to speak at the 2012 SXSW Interactive conference in Austin, Texas, on a panel titled 'Making Stories: Libraries and Community Pub-lishing." He joined Amy Buck-land of McGill University in Montreal, Char Booth of Clare-mont (Calif.) Col-leges Library, and Nate Hill of San Jose (Calif.) Publie Library to discuss the ways in which libraries are community-minded, technologically aware, and interested in preserving local cultural heritage. We also discussed how some libraries are taking the "maker" ethic to explore the ways in which libraries can help their communities disseminate their own news, write their own stories. and even venture into publishing. Listen to the recording of that session at bit.ly/HelrAo.

For those in the library field, SXSW Interactive is a great place it get feedback about nroiects from variety of outside experts, particularly on projects related to technology. Some highlights included listening to Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan speak frankly about the future of music publishing, meeting O'Reilly Media founder Tim O'Reilly, and talking with various vendors from outside library conferences. Hopping on the tricked-out Wired magazine party bus at 11 p.m. for karaoke, drinks, and nerdy conversation was pretty cool, too.

Roughly 90 librarians attended SXSW Interactive. Another high point was hearing consultant Carson Block's session, "The Great Library Swindle: Your Rights Are at Risk," which was picked up by Time magazine's tech blog. The session discussed what would happen if those who seem hell-bent on library destruction got their way. …

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