In order to remain relevant in modern societies, libraries need an overhaul. In this talk, Nate Hill will explore the current predicament facing libraries and talk about what they need to do to remain relevant in our fast-paced digital world. He’ll highlight how the Chattanooga Public Library is setting the precedent for libraries nationwide with its move to become an open clearinghouse for municipal data. He’ll also highlight the business and educational opportunities the library is creating for Chattanooga’s tech community.
Nate Hill is an Assistant Director at the Chattanooga Public Library, where he launched The 4th Floor project. The 4th Floor is a 14,000 square foot flexible community library space: some days it is a makerspace/hackerspace, others it serves as an event, production, and presentation space. In addition to his work in Chattanooga, Nate serves as a co-chair of the Digital Public Library of America’s Marketing and Outreach Committee, and he’s been recognized by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as an American representative for the International Network of Emerging Library Innovators (INELI) program. Nate was also named a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2012. If Nate isn’t thinking about libraries, he’s thinking about design, nature, hiking, camping, or more importantly his fantastic wife, son, daughter, dog, and cat.