The 41st National Media Market to Convene in Austin, TX in October 2019

The 41st National Media Market and Conference (aka NMM, the Market) will open on Sunday, October 20, 2019 and run four days in Austin, TX at the Embassy Suites Austin Central. The nonprofit boutique event is the only one dedicated to bringing together librarians who collect and manage film with film distributors, streaming platforms, and other media companies for commerce and sharing knowledge. “This will be the Market’s first time in Austin,” stated NMM Chair and Marketing Coordinator Jeff Tamblyn “and everyone on our board of directors—comprised of librarians and exhibitors—is excited to make the trip. Austin’s position as a hub for independent film makes this a special opportunity for us.” The Market serves librarians, educators, and other attendees who license content and contract services and technology, providing what most regard as a uniquely collegial atmosphere. Known for its active social life, NMM also organizes evening activities that bring attendees together with vendors for fun and networking. Their newest side-project, the Academic Libraries Video Trust (ALVT), has also drawn attention by creating a cooperative, cloud-based repository of digital files from VHS-based content that qualifies for copying under Section 108 of U.S. Copyright Law. Originally funded by the late deg farrelly, a highly respected media librarian, ALVT will hold a users’ group session annually at the Market, beginning in Austin. “We’ll announce the details shortly,” said Tamblyn, “but librarians from ALVT member institutions are going to qualify for significant registration discounts to this year’s Market.” Whole-event passes to NMM will sell for $349, and for $249 during the Early-Bird registration period, and include a welcome reception, buffet lunches, all professional development sessions, every conference social event, and access to exhibitor suites. Further information and a complete schedule of events will be posted as it becomes available at nmm.net. Interested potential exhibitors and attendees are welcome to contact NMM Chair Jeff Tamblyn at chair@nmm.net or 913-219-6533.