Good morning fellow librarians and library people
Here's the latest on the Library Shark Tank Weekend taking place at the Asilomar Conference Center near Monterey, CA this Oct 12-14th. Here is the website with details https://scougsharktank.weebly.com/.
First, we would like to welcome two new sharks to the team:
Susan Hildreth, current Treasurer ALA, previous Director IMLS, previous California State Librarian, and Director of more major urban libraries than you can shake a stick at, will be taking on a totally new role as a shark at Asilomar.
Deborah Schwarz, founder and Chief Strategy Officer, LAC Group, member Entrepreneurial Advisory Board, Univ. of Michigan, School of Information Science, and past President, Special Libraries Association, as well as an avid reader, voracious exerciser and passable cook … will also be joining the sharks at Asilomar.
Susan and Deborah will be joining an illustrious and dangerous group of sharks that also includes:
Scott Hargrove, CEO Fraser Valley Regional (Public) Library System
Todd Frager, CFO LibraryIQ
Daniel Lee, Technical Program Manager, Enterprise Content, Stikeman Elliott LLP
So if you'd like a chance to pitch your ideas to some of the toughest and most discerning minds in the library industry, Asilomar is the place to do it. And this is not just another 'talking heads' conference folks – it's a shark tank. Friday night starts with a 'pitch session' where all participants who brought ideas or projects will have chance to pitch them to the audience. The audience votes for their favorites, and project teams are formed to work on the winning proposals. On Saturday the project teams will work separately to hammer out the details of their project and craft what they hope will be a winning proposal for the sharks. On Sunday, each project team will present their proposal to the sharks, and a winner will be chosen. At a minimum, the winning team will receive a full-scale writeup of their project in one of the Information Today publications – but since there are lots of entrepreneurial heads among the sharks and in the audience, who knows what else could happen. BTW, if you don't have an idea or project proposal you want to pitch right now, not to worry; you will work as a member of one of the project teams, where you'll gain valuable experience on how to develop and pitch your idea when lightening does strike.
So if that sounds as fun and interesting to you as it does to us, you'll want to register for the SCOUG Library Shark Tank Weekend here https://scougsharktank.weebly.com/registration.html Prices range from $710 - $906 … all food, lodging and fun included. Current library school students have a chance to attend free … see details on the registration page. BTW, this is a totally non-profit conference run by librarians for librarians and registration fees cover the cost of lodging, food, and the incidental expenses of putting on the conference.
But you'd better hurry. Registration is limited and will be closing soon to help insure a quality experience for everyone, there are only a few places left. And we looking forward to seeing your smiling face in one of them.
Steve, Rebecca, Doris and the Friends of Barbara Quint