Welcome to #ideadrop!

This casual, comfortable meeting space is the perfect place for people who are all about libraries to meet up, share what they’re learning at SXSWi, brainstorm, and get inspired. Check out the schedule below and sign up for the sessions that interest you. RSVP in Eventbrite is required. We’d like to encourage the most participation possible. Please limit your selections to 4 events. Do you have a colleague or friend who also might be interested? Spread the word!

Live Streaming Starting March 8 at ~11am on ustream.tv/channel/ideadrop

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Sam Ford

Director of Digital Strategy

Sam Ford is Director of Digital Strategy with Peppercomm Strategic Communications, an affiliate with both the Program in Comparative Media Studies at MIT and the Popular Culture Studies Program at Western Kentucky University, and a contributor to Fast Company. He is also co-author of the forthcoming Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture with Henry Jenkins and Joshua Green with New York University Press. He is also co-editor of the 2011 book The Survival of Soap Opera: Transformations for a New Media Era with Abigail De Kosnik and C. Lee Harrington.

Sam was named the 2011 Social Media Innovator of the Year by Bulldog Reporter and serves on the Word of Mouth Marketing Association's Membership Ethics Advisory Panel. He also manages the Futures of Entertainment Fellows network and organizes their annual conference at MIT.

Sam has written for BusinessWeek, The Huffington Post, Portfolio, Chief Marketer, The Public Relations Strategist, PR News, Bulldog Reporter, The Christian Science Monitor, and a range of other publications and blogs. His has also been quoted or had his work featured by Investor's Business Daily, New York Times Magazine, The Financial Times, CNN, NPR, BBC Worldwide, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Télérama,The Boston Globe, Boing Boing, Slashdot, Mashable, ESPN: The Magazine, Reader's Digest, Soap Opera Weekly, PRWeek, The Firm Voice, and other publications. He has spoken at South by Southwest Interactive, The Word of Mouth Marketing Association's School of WOM, the Futures of Entertainment conference and the annual conferences of The Society of Cinema and Media Studies and the Popular Culture Association, among others. He is also on the editorial board of Transformative Works and Cultures.

Sam holds a Master's degree from the Program in Comparative Media Studies at MIT and a Bachelor's degree from Western Kentucky University, where he majored in news/editorial journalism, mass communication, communication studies, and English. He is a Kentucky Press Association award-winning journalist and has performed in a variety of local professional wrestling events. He lives in Bowling Green, Kentucky. He can be reached at sford@peppercom.com and found on Twitter @Sam_Ford.