“This week I had the great opportunity to moderate a panel discussion, “Culture Hack: Libraries & Museums Open for Making,” at the 2013 SXSWi conference. For the uninitiated, South by Southwest Interactive (SXSWi) is one of three conferences (Film and Music are the other two), held annually in Austin, Texas. Interactive is the largest of the three, with more than 40,000 participants.
That is not a typo. Forty thousand people descend onto Austin for a crazy, energetic five days. Some say it is where the Internet comes to meet. Speakers range from Al Gore to Rachel Maddow, Elon Musk, and Matthew Inman. At the panels you can meet bloggers, hackers, entrepreneurs, artists, and other creative people. As you might expect, there are not a lot of librarian type”