For immediate release | December 27, 2013

'Ideas + Community = Energy' — Lisa Bunker in ALA Masters session at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — “The Library as a Catalyst for Innovation: Case Studies of Library Entrepreneurship Centers and Programming” is the latest addition to the ALA Masters Series at 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting. Pima County Public Library’s Social Media Librarian Lisa Bunker will talk about the Catalyst Café she founded, and how it lives up to the motto “Ideas + Community = Energy.” This ALA Masters session takes place from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 27, 2014.

Bunker will talk about how the Café, run on a shoestring, has been a catalyst for new partnerships and projects at the Pima County Public Library. She will describe the Café and how it has built capacity for the library’s newest project, a library-style incubator for small business, nonprofits, freelancers and artists. Entrepreneurship and co-working centers have already been established in a growing number of libraries nationwide, and this overview will provide inspiration and strategies for those not yet on board.

The ALA Masters Series is a Midwinter Meeting chance to hear and talk to experts from across library specialties as they describe their latest in-house innovations in fast-paced sessions, offering insights into the hottest trends and how librarians are stepping up to them. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lunch.

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