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I Came, I Saw, I Was Part of the Scenius at SXSW

In his keynote speech, “Steal Like an Artist,” author Austin Kleon referenced Brian Eno's concept that creative ideas are birthed in a network, an ecology of talent known as a scenius. The scenius runs contrary to the myth of the lone genius. Rather than subscribing to the notion that people are born with creativity in their genes, and that talented individuals should squirrel themselves away, wait for inspiration to strike, and keep their ideas secret, the scenius focuses on the collaborative process and the quality of the connections you make and the conversations you start.

Maker Meetup at SXSW

On the eve of SXSW, a group of librarians and I attended a maker meetup hosted by the Austin Mini Maker Faire at the Thinkery, an Austin children’s museum. Adults of all ages engaged in crafts, water exhibits, shadow art, and oversized Lite Brite–like designs before listening to a brief address by Dale Dougherty, founder of Maker Media (Make Magazine). Dougherty reminded the audience that “making isn’t just about technology,“ and whatever your hobbies are, “once you start doing something, you meet other people also doing those things.”

SXSW Day One

Librarians from all over the country have landed in Austin, Texas, for SXSW Interactive, a five-day conference of tech professionals and venture capitalists, startups and entrepreneurs, gamers and makers, and everything in between. For the past few years, a group of library, archives, and museum professionals have coordinated to present sessions, advocate for libraries, and learn about trends that are happening in technology-related fields. The group goes by #sxswLAM (libraries, archives, museums) and you can learn more about all of their own and related activities on their website.

For Love of the Written Word

The count is in: The official wrap-up last week of the 32nd Sharjah International Book Fair (SIBF) in the UAE reported that 900,000 visitors had browsed more than 400,000 titles on display in Sharjah’s Expo Centre, 150,000 UAE schoolchildren had participated in more than 500 interactive activities and workshops as part of class trips, and 20 million people had used the Twitter SIBF hashtag for a total of 60 million interactions.

AASL Conference Draws Authors and Crowds

The 16th American Association of School Librarians (AASL) National Conference and Exhibition in Hartford, Connecticut, drew 3,000 school librarians, administrators, and exhibitors over its four-day run, from November 14 through November 17. Some attendees arrived early on November 13 for preconference workshops and tours.

Rising to the Challenge at AASL Conference

More than 2,300 attendees listened to speakers at the opening event of ALA’s American Association of School Librarians 16th National Conference and Exhibition in Hartford, Connecticut, on November 14. Themed “Rising to the Challenge,” the conference is one of the largest AASL gatherings in recent years, according to organizers.

Whistleblower Issues Dominate Council III Session

After extended debate, the ALA Council voted to substitute the resolution in support of whistleblower Edward Snowden (CD#39) that passed in Council I on Monday, with a resolution on the need for reforms for the intelligence community to support privacy, open government, government transparency, and accountability (CD#20.4 and CD#19.2) developed by the Committee on Legislation and the Intellectual Freedom Committee, respectively. It resolved that the American Library Association:

Council II Reconsiders Support for Snowden

ALA Council II reconsidered a resolution that it passed yesterday in support of whistleblower Edward Snowden (CD#39). The resolution was referred to the Committee on Legislation and the Intellectual Freedom Committee. ALA Parliamentarian Eli Mina stressed that referring the resolution does not rescind the motion approving it, but means Council has “pushed the pause button” on the resolution. Council also referred a resolution in support of whistleblower Bradley Manning (CD#38) to the same two committees.

Council I Supports Whistleblower Edward Snowden

Screenshot of President Barack Obama addressing librarians at Council IUpdate: On Tuesday of Annual Conference, Council III substituted the resolution on Snowden mentioned below for another resolution

The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities

Saturday morning’s panel session, “The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities,” hit home with an engaged crowd and a passionate panel. The ALA President’s Program was cosponsored by the Public Information Office.

ALA Past President Molly Raphael opened the session by focusing on the community’s aspirations, noting, “Aspiration looks for the best in us, and brings people together. There’s a tendency to say 'We have a problem. How to we fix it?’ But turning outward is how to do something with a community rather than to them.”

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