Thursday, June 1, 2017

From our friends just up the road at Midland County Public Libraries ...

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• Library director offers "ideas worth spreading"

From Edward McPherson
Education and Program Coordinator, MCPL

Recently appearing as a featured speaker at Abilene Christian University, Midland County Librarian John Trischitti (Mr. T) delivered a TEDTalk focusing on illiteracy as a solvable societal challenge. A recording of the groundbreaking presentation was released over the weekend on YouTube.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics — from science to business to global issues — in more than 100 languages.

In his talk, Mr. T shares the staggering magnitude of our global illiteracy problem and the potential an international focus on increasing literacy has for creating greater social and economic equality for the world’s next generation. As the Texas Library Association’s 2014 Librarian of the Year, a former member of the Texas Bluebonnet Award Selection Committee, current Texas State Library and Archives Commission Library Systems Act Board Member, and especially as a father of five, John Trischitti, “Mr. T,” understands the power of literacy, and frames it as epidemic that if viewed in the same lens as cancer, heart disease, or diabetes, would receive far greater attention.

The TEDtalk can be found on YouTube at


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