American Libraries Magazine

Actress Rosario Dawson was among the presenters at SXSW 2014
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.
Posted March 18, 2014 | Comments: 0
South by Southwest Interactive 2014
It’s been several days since I left Austin and headed to Indianapolis for the 2014 Public Library Association Conference.
Posted March 17, 2014 | Comments: 0
Big Ideas
The Big Ideas lecture series at PLA 2014 continued March 14 with short talks by a trio of authors who offered unique perspectives on the upside of failure, the ways in which we outsmart ourselves, and the evolution of communication technologies.
Posted March 16, 2014 | Comments: 0
In 2013, 5.2 million people were diagnosed with dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease. By 2050, as many as 13.8 million people may be affected. As these numbers increase, libraries are faced with the challenge of providing resources to both those with the disease and their caregivers.
Posted March 14, 2014 | Comments: 0
Simon Sinek speaks at PLA 2014
The Big Ideas series, a new morning lecture program debuting at PLA 2014, kicked off on Thursday, March 13, with a talk by writer and motivational speaker, Simon Sinek.
Posted March 14, 2014 | Comments: 0
Violins entertain at the exhibits opening reception
The Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis was packed Wednesday, March 12, for the first day of the 2014 Public Library Association National Conference.
Posted March 13, 2014 | Comments: 0
Pew Typology Snapshots, issued March 13, 2014
In a new report issued March 13, the Pew Research Center’s Internet and American Life Project has explored the motivations behind the relationships that American adults have with their public libraries.
Posted March 13, 2014 | Comments: 0
SXSW attendees watching the Edward Snowden simulcast at the #IDEADropHouse. Photo by Aspen Walker
For those that have never been to SXSW Interactive, the first thing to know is that it is massive! There are over 15 conference locations, 500 sessions, and 30,000 attendees. And that doesn’t take into account the unofficial events, the lounges, and the parties. Basically, it’s a conference on steroids.
Posted March 12, 2014 | Comments: 0
Library machine idea: an interactive reading/storytime room. Photo by Ann Awakuni
Sometimes the best way to think outside the box is to look inside other people’s boxes.
Posted March 11, 2014 | Comments: 0
Learning the latest technology through DIY was the business of the day at Thinkery during South by Southwest 2014 as this demonstration of the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset shows
                           
Posted March 10, 2014 | Comments: 0