- Tuesday, November 5, 2019 at 12:05PM - 1:30PM
- SLB Room 122
- Open To The Yale Community
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The United States has 9,000 public library systems with a total of 18,000 individual libraries spread across every state. In the past two decades, the integration of digital technology into the traditional business of public libraries--promoting reading, building community, and providing a safe haven for patrons--has challenged and changed their work. What are libraries wrestling with as they manage the transition? What does the experience of libraries reveal about digital transformation in the public sector?
Luke Swarthout is Director of Policy for the New York Public Library's Digital team. He works on a range of issues including digital equity, eReading, patron privacy and digital strategy. Previously he oversaw adult literacy, technology training, and broadband access initiatives across the Library's 88 branches. Mr. Swarthout served two Chairmen of the U.S. Senate HELP Committee as Senior Education Adviser responsible for higher education policy. Mr. Swarthout attended New York City public schools.