SXSW 2014 Round-up Overview

Author: Sara O’Donnell, University of Northern Colorado, on behalf of the ULS Technology in University Libraries Committee

On March 26, 2014 the ACRL ULS Technology in University Libraries Committee hosted the SXSW 2014 Round-Up, a webinar featuring five speakers who presented overviews of their favorite sessions and themes from SXSW Interactive 2014. The free online event afforded those who were unable to attend SXSW in-person a glimpse into one of the most cutting-edge technology conferences in the country. In 10-minute lightning-round style presentations, each speaker offered her unique take on the conference, highlighting ideas and innovations of interest to academic librarians.

The panel of speakers (in order of appearance) included:

– Lisa Martin, Business/Economics/Hospitality Librarian, University of Houston Libraries
– Emily Hurst, Technology Coordinator, Houston Academy of Medicine-Texas Medical Center Library
– Bonnie Cain-Wood, Senior Communications Specialist, Oklahoma State University
– Emily Rimland, Kalin Librarian for Learning Innovations, Penn State University
– Carolyn Cunningham, Librarian for Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology, University of Texas at Austin

Speakers introduced the nearly 80 webinar participants to practical tips and tricks – from how to speak and write better to how to snap great pictures on your smart phone — as well as emerging trends that will transform the way librarians assess and distribute information. Social media, big data, and wearable technology (think Fitbit) were identified as recurring themes at SXSW that could have a big impact on how we offer library service and engage with users.

If you weren’t able to join us for the webinar, you can still catch the full recording here:

Or view the slides here:

The ACRL ULS Technology in University Libraries Committee plans to continue bringing conference overviews straight to your computer screen, so keep an eye out for future round-ups on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

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