For immediate release | November 25, 2013

Talk About Innovation! TEDx @Your Library at Midwinter Meeting

CHICAGO — Chrystie Hill, Meg Omainsky, and Teri Skillman will share their success stories and strategies for conducting TEDx events that have energized and empowered community conversations in the library during a panel discussion moderated by ALA President Barbara K. Stripling. “Talk About Innovation! TEDx @Your Library” will take place from 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 26 at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia and will focus on innovative and engaging uses of TEDx in the library for community engagement.

Chrystie Hill - librarian, writer and community-builder - is director, Webjunction Community Services through OCLC. Meg Omainsky is a school librarian at the Henry M. Gunn High School, Palo Alto, Calif. Teri Skillman is outreach coordinator, University of Hawaii Manoa, Hamilton Library.

Stripling is also hosting high-demand speaker and energetic activist Andrew Slack at the ALA President’s Program from 3:30 - 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26. Co-founder and executive director of the Harry Potter Alliance, Slack is currently developing the Imagine Better Network - "an unprecedented movement that goes beyond Harry Potter to all fandoms so that fantasy is no longer an escape from our world, but an invitation to change it for the better." Look for the Harry Potter Alliance booth in the Exhibit Hall (details available closer to January).

Other opportunities for ALA Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits attendees to focus on community engagement of various kinds will include a Saturday afternoon facilitated conversation, 1 - 2:30 p.m., details to be announced, and Kitchen-Table Conversations that pick up where the “Kitchen-Table Conversations” left off at Annual Conference. These informal conversations in groups of 15-20 will dig more deeply into what the participants want ALA to be as a community. Invitations to sign up will be coming in late November from ALA President Barbara Stripling.

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JoAnne Kempf


Office of ALA Governance