Sponsors & Partners




Bringing together science and self-discovery, Ancestry helps everyone, everywhere discover the story of what led to them. Sophisticated engineering and technology harnesses family history and consumer genetics, combining billions of rich historical records, millions of family trees, and more than two million DNA samples to provide people with deeply meaningful insights about who they are and where they come from.





Boudin Bakery & Cafe

In 1849, the Boudin family struck culinary gold. Wild yeasts in the San Francisco air had imparted a unique tang to their traditional French bread, giving rise to “San Francisco sourdough French bread.” Today, the Boudin family's initial recipe lives on in the hands and hearts of our expert bakers, with a portion of the original mother dough still starting each and every sourdough loaf produced by its bakers. Boudin Bakery will sponsor Friday afternoon lunch at the conference.






Internet Archive

The Internet Archive is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that was founded to build an Internet library. Its purposes include offering permanent access for researchers, historians, scholars, people with disabilities, and the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format.

Founded in 1996 and located in San Francisco, the Archive has been receiving data donations from Alexa Internet and others. In late 1999, the organization started to grow to include more well-rounded collections. Now the Internet Archive includes: texts, audio, moving images, and software as well as archived web pages in our collections, and provides specialized services for adaptive reading and information access for the blind and other persons with disabilities.





Patrick & Co

Patrick & Co is a family-owned office supply company with a 142 year history in San Francisco, with three retail locations in San Francisco and a website featuring more than 30,000 items. In 1873, San Francisco was receiving clipper ships from the Orient, rail car ferries from California's interior and new firms were popping up like weeds in the sand dunes. Patrick & Co., its forerunners Moise-Klinker Company, put its first sign out saying “BUSINESS SUPPLIES AND RUBBER STAMPS”. Twenty years later James M. Patrick, encouraged by the Mid-Winter Fair of 1893 and its associated good economy, launched Patrick & Co in a small room at 318 California Street selling rubber stamps, signs and related products. Today Patrick & Co operates under the leadership of Jim and Jamie Patrick.



The Prelinger Library

The Prelinger Library is an independent research library cofounded in 2004 by Rick and Megan Prelinger. It is located in San Francisco’s South-of-Market neighborhood and it is open to anyone for research, reading, inspiration, and reuse. The library is primarily a collection of 19th and 20th century historical ephemera, periodicals, maps, and books, most published in the United States. Much of the collection is image-rich, and in the public domain. The library specializes in material that is not commonly found in other public libraries.



San Francisco Writers' Grotto

The San Francisco Writers' Grotto is a place where up to 60 working writers share office space and create community. The Grotto runs more than fifteen classes a week at its South Park space, all taught by writers who have been published in their various genres. Classes include memoir, writing the novel, personal essay, short story, screenwriting, blogging, writing for magazines, even how to get an agent.

Visit sfgrotto.org to see a full list of all our ongoing weekly classes as well as our weekend workshops.



Schein & Schein

Schein & Schein, a dealer in antique maps, prints and rare books, is located in the heart of San Francisco’s North Beach District. Schein & Schein covers the world, stocking a wide range of material dating from the 14th to the 20th Century, but specializes in San Francisco, California, and wine country material from the 19th and 20th centuries.





Shaping San Francisco

Shaping San Francisco is a participatory community history project documenting and archiving overlooked stories and memories of San Francisco through our digital archive, Foundsf.org, and public programming such as talks, and walking and bicycle tours. We are committed to defining a new kind of public space, specifically around a shared interest in our interrelated social histories.



T-We is the conference’s official tea sponsor. Located in the Crocker Galleria, just across from the Mechanics’ Institute, T-We offers a colorful assortment of delicious, single origin and hand-blended teas, as well as tea accessories and gift sets.


TechSoup for Libraries

TechSoup for Libraries is a project of TechSoup, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit devoted to making technology and technology education available and affordable to nonprofits and libraries all over the world. TechSoup for Libraries offers technology donations, expertise, training, and stories from the field — just for libraries. The donation program alone has helped the library community save almost $150 million.


Western Neighborhoods Project

The Western Neighborhoods Project (WNP) is a 501(c)3 California nonprofit corporation with a mission to preserve and share the history and cultures of the neighborhoods of western San Francisco. Since 1999, WNP has fostered understanding of local history via presentations, lectures, movies, walks, oral history programs, and websites, while raising awareness of historic structures, secret stories, and neglected communities on the west side. This archive of newspapers, scrapbooks, ephemera, and tens of thousands of photographs is open to the public for research. Not just a historical society, the Western Neighborhoods Project shares stories of the past to help people better understand the present and improve the future.





Please join us as a sponsor for Reinvention: Thriving in the 21st Century, the 4th International Conference of Independent Libraries and Mechanics’ Institutes, to be hosted in San Francisco by the Mechanics’ Institute of San Francisco from Friday, 4 November to Sunday, 6 November 2016. It will be held in conjunction with the annual American Membership Libraries Group Meeting on Monday, 7 November 2016. This conference caters to knowledgeable and tech-savvy information professionals from all over the world to explore important topics related to the management and growth of the world’s independent libraries and mechanics’ institutes. The gathering, which takes place every 3-5 years, will include three full days of sessions, keynote speakers, social events and field trips within San Francisco. The conference provides sponsors with the ideal environment to connect with well-informed information professionals who are using, developing, and embracing products and solutions to support reinvention. We invite you to be a partner with us in this event through a variety of sponsorship options; consider hosting breakfast or lunch, advertise in our Reinvention Conference Program, or host a table at our exhibition on 4 November. Contact Taryn Edwards to create a package that will work for you. She can be reached at [email protected], or 415.393.0103.