For immediate release | March 9, 2015

Experts to explore entrepreneurial co-working and collaboration in libraries at 2015 SXSW Interactive

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Nationwide, libraries are creating dynamic hubs for budding entrepreneurs to innovate, collaborate and launch successful ventures. Join a panel of library and startup experts at this year’s 2015 South by Southwest (SXSW) Interactive conference to learn more about the trend of entrepreneurial spaces in libraries and explore ways that libraries can better support community and economic development. “Coworking, Collaborating and Creating @ Your Library,” will take place from 9:30–10:30 a.m. on Sunday, March 15, 2015.

The D.C. Public Library is a shining example of this trend. Its Dream Lab has attracted more than 80 local entrepreneurial projects, including MapStory, an online social mapping platform that empowers people to map historical change over time. Together these partnerships help build a stronger knowledge economy for all.

During the SXSW session, panelists from DC Public Library, MapStory and the American Library Association will discuss ways government leaders, social entrepreneurs, funders and non-profits may look to our nation’s libraries as partners in collaborative economic development.

Speakers include Nicholas Kerelchuk, manager of the DCPL Digital Commons, Jonathan Marino, director of content and strategy for MapStory, and Larra Clark, deputy director of the ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy.

WHEN: Sunday, March 15, 2015, 9:30–10:30 a.m.


- Larra Clark, deputy director, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy

- Nicholas Kerelchuk, manager, Digital Commons, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

- Jonathan Marino, director of content and strategy, MapStory

WHERE: JW Marriott, Room Salon 1, 110 E 2nd St, Austin, Texas

To attend the conference session as a reporter, email Jazzy Wright, press officer of the American

Library Association’s Washington Office, at

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries.


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

Washington Office