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Abby Johnson

Women Making Library History

During Women’s History Month, it’s become traditional to celebrate the contributions of deceased women to scholarship and society. American Libraries has certainly done its share of articles about historic library figures over the years such as Mary Letitia Jones and Sadie Peterson Delaney (PDF files).


Cuyahoga County (Ohio) Public Library Director Sari Feldman and Multnomah County (Oreg.) Library Director Vailey Oehlke represented ALA’s Digital Content Working Group (DCWG) at last week’s Public Library Association Conference in Indianapolis.

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.

SXSW upon Reflection

It’s been several days since I left Austin and headed to Indianapolis for the 2014 Public Library Association Conference. Though I don’t think I’ll ever be finished reflecting on my time at SXSW Interactive 2014, I do want to take a moment to write a bit more about why being a part of SXSW was personally and professionally rewarding.

SXSW Day Two: Conversing in Lo-Fi

Sometimes the best way to think outside the box is to look inside other people’s boxes. So I participated in a session titled “Library Machines: A Lo-Fi Design Conversation,” with presenters Jeff Goldenson, a designer in Harvard Library’s Innovation Lab, and Sidsel Bech-Petersen of Aarhus Public Library in Denmark. A library machine is “a mechanically or electronically operated device for performing library functions. It may be an experience, instrument, application, or efficiency.”

Hands-on Fun at SXSW 2014















Drumbot and interactive two-way art wall.















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