About Patricia Van Skaik:
Patricia Van Skaik manages the Genealogy and Local History Collection at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, one of the top ranked collections in the country. Among her adventures preserving books, artifacts and manuscripts, none have surpassed the high tech exploration of the oldest photograph of urban America, the 1848 Cincinnati Riverfront Panorama.
At the heart of Patricia’s work is dedication to access to information, especially through technology. Patricia consulted on the first efforts to digitize historic US census records, which are now available at libraries throughout the country and for home access. She conducts podcasts and recommends rare materials for digitization in Cincinnati’s
Patricia holds a masters degrees in Library Science and History. She writes a social media column, the DigiGenie, and tweets under the same name. She lectures widely on the intersection of technology, urban history and librarianship.
It is movement that cannot be stopped. Rhythm that does not slow. It is your own will operating at its greatest force. On October 7, 2010 TEDxCincy uncovered PASSION, the energy behind life’s most fearless pursuits.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)