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Taking place in the heart of Washington, DC, DPLAfest 2016 (April 14-15) will bring together hundreds from DPLA’s large and growing community for interactive workshops, hackathons and other collaborative activities, engaging discussions with community leaders and practitioners, fun events, and more. DPLAfest 2016 will appeal to anyone interested in libraries, technology, ebooks, education, creative reuse of cultural materials, law, open access, and genealogy/family research.

Area institutions serving as co-hosts include the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.

To view photographs, recordings, and social media from DPLAfest 2016, visit https://dp.la/info/get-involved/dplafest/april-2016/media/.
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Thursday, April 14 • 10:45am - 11:30am
The Future of Libraries

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It goes without saying that libraries have undergone significant change over the past fifteen years. What does their future hold? What new technologies, cultural trends, and other factors will shape their development? These topics and more are the subject of this fascinating conversation with library leaders and thinkers.

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Amy Garmer

Director, Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries
As Director of the Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries, Amy Garmer leads a multi-year initiative to explore, develop and champion new ways of thinking about U.S. public libraries. She is the author of the Dialogue’s 2014 vision report, Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries. As Director of Journalism Projects for the Communications & Society Program, Amy has led a series of journalism initiatives over the... Read More →

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Lee Rainie

Director of Internet, Science and Technology Research, Pew Research Center
Lee Rainie is the director of internet, science and technology research at Pew Research Center. Under his leadership, the Center has issued more than 500 reports based on its surveys that examine people’s online activities and the internet’s role in their lives. He also directs the Center’s new initiative on the intersection of science and society. The American Sociological Association gave Rainie its award for “excellence... Read More →
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Richard Reyes-Gavilan

Executive Director, DC Public Library
Richard Reyes-Gavilan was appointed Executive Director of the District of Columbia Public Library in January 2014. He oversees a campus of 26 libraries, a staff of 600, and an annual operating budget of $57 million. In Fiscal Year 2015 over 4.2 million people visited public libraries in the District, a number that exceeds the combined home attendance of Washington D.C.’s professional baseball, hockey, and men’s basketball teams. He is... Read More →
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Roberta Shaffer

Law Librarian of Congress, Library of Congress
Roberta I. Shaffer is a high-energy, innovative senior executive with proven success in envisioning, building and sustaining a broad portfolio of mission-critical responsibility within the government, academic, business, and non-profit sectors.  Shaffer became 24th Law Librarian of Congress in February 2016. She had served as acting Law Librarian of Congress from October.  She was appointed Associate Librarian for Library Services at... Read More →

Thursday April 14, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am
Library of Congress (Jefferson Building): Coolidge Auditorium 10 First Street, SE Washington, DC 20540

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