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#ideadrop house provides venue for discussions
to advance libraries and librarianship

Washington, DC, February 27, 2013-CLIR’s Digital Library Federation (DLF) will support live streaming and recording of discussions from the #ideadrop House at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi), March 8–12, in Austin, Texas. The annual SXSWi has become known for its presentations in the areas of new digital works and media technology, web interface design, and other creative solutions, attracting some of the brightest minds in emerging technologies.

Sponsored by Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) and ProQuest, the #ideadrop House will be a place for librarians to gather for salon-style group discussions about the future of libraries and academic librarianship.

“By sponsoring live streaming from the house, we aim to release those hallway conversations, debriefs after interesting sessions, serendipitous connections-the important networking experiences you have when attending a conference-to those who are tuning into the conference via the web,” said DLF Program Director Rachel Frick. “Partnering with Bonnie Tijerina and ProQuest on the #ideadrop House has been a great experience.”

“We know from our experience last year, librarians need a place where they can share ideas about what they’re learning at SXSWi,” said Pam Cory, ProQuest vice president global field and enterprise marketing. “The support from DLF is making it possible for those unable to attend to benefit from the inspiration and insights shared at the festival to advance libraries.”

The #ideadrop House is open to all SXSWi participants. To learn more about the events happening there, visit the schedule.

DLF is also sponsoring the SXSWi panel, “Culture Hack: Libraries & Museums Open for Making,” which will address publishing collection data as an open resource to be reused by others. Information on the session is available at http://schedule.sxsw.com/2013/events/event_IAP4580.

About the Digital Library Federation

CLIR’s Digital Library Federation program aims to build and support a robust, engaged community whose members share a vested interest in advancing digital libraries. To this end, DLF serves as a resource and catalyst for collaboration among digital library developers, project managers, and all who are invested in digital library issues. More information about the DLF can be found at www.diglib.org.

About Electronic Resources & Libraries (ER&L)

Electronic Resources and Libraries (ER&L) is the effort of librarians to improve the way we collect, manage, maintain, assess, and make accessible electronic resources in an ever-changing digital environment. Founded in 2005 by Bonnie Tijerina, head of electronic resources and serials at Harvard University, ER&L is an annual physical and virtual conference focused on practical, tactical, and strategic work by e-resources management and digital services professionals to further the field. More information about ER&L can be found at www.electroniclibrarian.com.

About ProQuest

ProQuest connects people with vetted, reliable information. Key to serious research, the company has forged a 70-year reputation as a gateway to the world’s knowledge-from dissertations to governmental and cultural archives to news, in all its forms. Its role is essential to libraries and other organizations whose missions depend on the management and delivery of complete, trustworthy information.

ProQuest’s massive information pool is made accessible in research environments that accelerate productivity, empowering users to discover, create, and share knowledge.

An energetic, fast-growing organization, ProQuest includes the ProQuest®, Bowker®, Dialog®, ebrary®, and Serials Solutions® businesses and notable research tools such as the RefWorks® and Pivot™ services, as well as its Summon® web-scale discovery service. The company is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with offices around the world. More information about ProQuest can be found at www.proquest.com.