During the first week of August, hundreds of librarians from all of North America will be in Cleveland for an international user conference called Digipalooza. The conference is held every two years in Northeast Ohio, providing librarians around the world the opportunity to network, share the latest trends in the library world and learn from industry and technology leaders. The conference is hosted by OverDrive, a local technology company, and gives the region an opportunity to spotlight our outstanding library systems.
Not only does Northeast Ohio have one of the busiest and most robust library systems in the world, we’re lucky enough to have two – Cleveland Public Library (CPL) and Cuyahoga County Public Library (CCPL). Both library systems routinely receive recognition from Library Journal. Better yet, they have branches throughout Northeast Ohio.
Over 20,000 people per day visit both CPL and CCPL making them some of the most visited library systems in the country.
These library systems are essential parts of the community. Of course you can always count on them to provide something great to read but did you know that the librarians and staff at CPL and CCPL can assist with resume building and as well as creating business proposals? You can use these facilities to further your education and professional development or you can enjoy live concerts and farmers markets weekly at many of their branches. The CPL and CCPL library staffs can help you learn a new trade or even a new language and they offer community programs for summer reading and much more. As such, it’s no surprise that the library world comes to Cleveland every two years.
Building on the region’s extraordinary library systems, Digipalooza will help celebrate the industry and all libraries offer to the communities they serve. In fact, Sari Feldman, Northeast Ohio native and current president of the American Library Association, will be one of the many speakers presenting during the conference.
During Digipalooza, attendees will be treated to a party at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame complete with open bar, catered food and live local music as well as an opening night cocktail event at the OverDrive main campus in Garfield Heights featuring local beverages from Platform Brewery and food trucks from Barrio Tacos, The Manna Truck, Nelly Belly Pizza and The Mobile Cupcakery.
Digipalooza runs from Wednesday through Friday to enable library visitors the ability to explore Cleveland throughout the weekend as well. Attendees will be provided a full list of Cleveland activities to take in including a show at Playhouse Square, trips to our local museums and, of course, indulge in our wonderful foodie community. If you see a bunch of intelligent, cardigan wearing folks out and about in early August be sure to welcome them to our great region!