Believe it or not, there are organizations that hire us to speak so regularly that they have heard all three of our keynotes and want something new. So, several months ago, Gene and I sat down to break ground on a fourth. This is, by far, the most difficult part of our so-called job, with over a hundred hours spent debating topics and themes, coming up with a narrative that is both interesting and entertaining, with something genuinely new to say, then repeatedly rehearsing and refining the talk until it shines like a really really shiny thing.
And so we are excited (and a little nervous) to announce our fourth keynote, Too Much Information:
The world is changing. People are trying to make sense of daunting amounts of information. How can anyone find what they need to know? Why shouldn’t everyone share everything, from overly-detailed selfies to Scrabble® scores to what they ate for dinner (and how well it was digested)? The Unshelved guys demonstrate that libraries are part of the problem but also, perhaps, part of the solution.
We will be debuting TMI at Book Expo America at 1:00 on Friday, May 30 in room 1E02/03. After that TMI will go through a beta test period. We would love to workshop TMI at your event as a breakout session accompanying any of our other three keynotes, at no extra cost. You can find more information about hiring us (and find out if we're already going to be speaking somewhere near you) at our Talks & Appearances page.
P.S. We still have a few VIP passes for librarians to attend BEA for free. Find out more information here.
P.P.S. I will also be doing a fun panel with John Scalzi, Maureen Johnson, and Ron Hogan called "The Worst Social Media Advice Ever". Same day, same room, starts at 11:00.