Library Industry Leaders Host Discussion Series Alongside SXSWi

#IDEAdrop House to Serve as Meeting Ground For Librarians and Entrepreneurs

AUSTIN – Alongside the South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) Festival, Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L), Proquest and the Digital Library Federation (DLF) will host a series of salon-style conversations to discuss the value of libraries and learn from the best and brightest in tech, public policy, social media and creative communities at the #IDEAdrop house.

Between March 7 – 11, the #IDEAdrop will host daily events including breakfasts, discussion sessions led by expert guests and meet-ups. Scheduled discussions will cover a range of topics including engagement with cultural institutions, civic hacking and privacy and information policy. Confirmed speakers include Montreal-based social entrepreneur Christine Renaud, MIT researcher Felice Frankel, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art head of digital platforms Keir Winesmith and others. For the most up-to-date speaker schedule, visit

“Last year the #IDEAdrop house was a great success, bringing together library archives and museum professionals with other SXSWi participants  for thought provoking conversations that inspired us all year long”,  stated Rachel Frick, Director of the DLF. “This year we are broaden our scope in order to challenge our current thinking and set off a new paths of  discussion.”

All #IDEAdrop house events will be livestreamed, through the ER&L website. Sponsors of the #IDEAdrop house include South by Southwest Librarians, Archivists and Museum Professionals (#sxswLAM), EveryLibrary, Austin Public Library, ProQuest, American Library Association, Library Test Kitchen, Innovative Interfaces and more.

WHO:   Librarians, entrepreneurs, information professionals, and those interested in tech and public policy.

WHAT:    A daily series of salon-style discussions, meet-ups and breakfasts to discuss ideas bringing tech, entrepreneurship and libraries together.

WHEN:   Friday, March 7 through Tuesday, March 11

WHERE:   #IDEAdrop House, 1706 Garden St, Austin, TX 78702

About ER&L:
ER&L facilitates the communication and collaboration for information professionals around issues related to managing electronic resources in the digital world. The goal of the ER&L Conference is to bring together information professionals from libraries and related industries to improve the way we collect, manage, maintain, and make accessible electronic resources in an ever-changing online environment. We do this once a year at an in-person conference. In addition, sessions are recorded and made available online in an online conference. ER&L allows for cross-pollination of ideas across fields of librarianship not often brought together in traditional public services or technical services conferences.

About the Digital Library Federation:
The Digital Library Federation (DLF) is a robust and diverse community of practitioners who advance research, teaching and learning through the application of digital library research, technology and services. DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among digital library developers, project managers, and all who are invested in digital library issues. A program of the Council on Library and Information Resources, the DLF provides its community with a network, a platform via its annual Forum, and tools to connect and amplify community efforts for greater impact.

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