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The Public Library in a Disruptive Age
Sunday, November 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am
300 NE Second Ave., Miami, Fl 33132 United States
In 2017, the public library is an American institution frequently under threat. The disruptive forces at work are political, fiscal and technological. Technology promises admittance to a virtual library that is polyglot and global in breadth and depth. Yet in Washington, the Trump Administration earlier this year proposed dramatic funding cuts that call into question the federal government’s role in promoting information access for all citizens. Librarians, journalists and advocates will discuss why libraries still matter in a world of smartphones and what can be done to ensure their survival. With Christopher Kenneally, Copyright Clearance Center; Andrew Albanese, Publishers Weekly; Ray Baker, Director, Miami-Dade Public Library; John Chrastka, Executive Director, EveryLibrary; and Meredith Schwartz, Executive Editor of Library Journal.