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Libraries, Education and Community in the Digital Age

The new information age has had a dramatic impact on the libraries in schools, higher education and in our communities. With the rise of digital communication, including e-books and online journals, physical books are a much smaller component of libraries. Some existing libraries have chosen to reconfigure a portion of the space devoted to book stacks by adapting their programmatic areas to include community meeting spaces, collaborative study areas for students and cafes. In the higher education realm, libraries and student centers can be combined into one building offering long-term cost savings. And in the greater New York Metro area, libraries are also being used as workspaces.

Our panel of experts will explore the rising trends and the changing role of libraries including their use as campus and community centers which can generate profits while still meeting the changing educational needs of their end users.

@SMPSNewYork will be tweeting live from the event.


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Nathan McRae

Senior Architect/Project Manager


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Nathan McRae, a Senior Architect and Project Manager Snøhetta, is currently leading two library projects—one a new community library in Far Rockaway, Queens, currently in development, and the new Temple University Library, in the early stages of design after a thorough programming process. He is also on the competition team for the new Calgary Central Public Library. Nathan studied Art, Architecture, and Business in Oregon with time abroad studying Architecture in Copenhagen and Rome. After completing his professional degree, he worked for two years in Portland, Oregon, where he had his first experience on a library, for the University of Oregon School of Journalism. After moving to New York City in 1998, he spent several months designing and building custom furniture before working for 10 years at Keenen/Riley on architectural projects with scales ranging from airplane interiors to a landscape master plan and types ranging from aviaries to museums. After leaving Keenen/Riley in 2008, Nathan worked on large institutional and cultural projects at Polshek Partnership, now Ennead Architects. In 2011 Nathan started working at Snøhetta, beginning with the Bogota International Convention Center Competition and a commercial building in the Meatpacking District in New York City. He has also led the winning team on a proposal for a mixed-use development in Miami Beach. Nathan's work has been exhibited widely, including in the Venice Architecture Biennale, and has won awards, including most recently, the New York City Public Design Commission's Award for Excellence in Design for the Far Rockaway Branch Library.


Frank Genese, AIA

VP, Capital & Facilities Management

Queens Library


Frank Genese, AIA is the Vice President for Capital & Facilities Management at the Queens Library. A registered architect, Genese is responsible for facility operations, planning, design and construction for the 62+ branch library system, one of the nation’s largest. Prior to joining the Library, Genese has had a successful 30 year career in the New York design and construction industry, focusing mainly on public and educational institutions. He was Vice President and Architect of the Garden at The New York Botanical Garden, served as head of facilities and operations at the New York Institute of Technology (NYIT), the City University of New York, and has held various positions with the government of New York City, including the Office of the Mayor, Department of Design and Construction and the Department of General Services. Genese has served for 25 years on various boards of disabled organizations, including the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association/United Spinal Association and the North American Wheelchair Athletic Association.


Richard Reyes-Gavilan

Chief Librarian

Brooklyn Public Library


Richard Reyes-Gavilan has worked for Brooklyn Public Library since 2008, first as Central Library Director and, since 2011, as Chief Librarian. Prior to that, he worked for 11 years at the New York Public Library. Among his accomplishments most relevant to this program include the conceptualization, design, and planning for the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons, a collaborative learning space that opened in BPL’s Central Library in January 2013. Much of his time is now devoted to reimagining libraries in the digital age. Of particular interest is how libraries might leverage their impressive physical footprints to assist like-missioned partner organizations in the delivery of new programs and services to library users. Rich has established partnerships with organizations such as Spaceworks, BRIC Arts Media, and the NYC Department of Small Business Services to assist in the process.


Michael Joy

Director of Campus Planning

The New School


Michael came to The New School’s Office of Design & Construction after teaching and practicing architecture for over 11 years in Washington D.C., Barcelona, Hartford, and New York City. Prior to his arrival at the university, Michael was project architect for the internationally recognized firm Shigeru Ban Architects. His range of professional experience includes innovative designs for residential, commercial, and institutional typologies. In 2004 he was the recipient of the prestigious Shinkenchiku Residential Design Competition and has been recognized as an emerging designer by international press. Michael received a Master of Architecture degree with distinction from Catholic University in 2000 and is a LEED Accredited professional. He has taught at Parsons the New School for Design, Catholic University and been a guest critic at the New York Institute of Technology, University of Colorado, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and the Fashion Institute of Technology. Michael actively lectures in various planning and design circles where he discusses ways in which The New School is implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies into the higher education planning process.


Tula Giannini

Dean and Professor of the School of Information and Library Science

Pratt Institute


Tula Giannini is Dean and Professor of the School of Information and library Science, Pratt Institute. She holds a PhD from Bryn Mawr College, an MLS from Rutgers University, and bachelor and master degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Before coming to Pratt in 1998, she taught at Catholic University, Rutgers University and University of Hawaii, was Curator of Musical Instruments at the Library of Congress, Director of the Talbott Library, Westminster Choir College, and Head, Collection Management at Adelphi University. An interdisciplinary researcher across information science and musicology, her IS work focuses on users and user experience in the digital world and is published widely in peer-reviewed journals. She has pioneered programs with prominent New York institutions such as the New York Public Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. With grants funded by the IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services), Dean Giannini has designed several innovative projects in partnership with New York City’s leading cultural from 2004 to present which have developed new educational programs for archives, museum libraries and digital management of cultural heritage.


Anthony Iovino, AIA, LEED AP


Arcari + Iovino Architects, P.C.


Mr. Iovino is a partner of the firm, Arcari + Iovino Architects located in Little Ferry, New Jersey. He is an active member of the New Jersey Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Past President of the Architects League of Northern New Jersey. Mr. Iovino has worked closely with his many library clients, even during the early development stages such as Feasibility Studies and Programming, which has given him the expertise in this particular project type. His firm has completed numerous library projects, including public libraries for Monroe Township, South River, Cliffside Park, Glen Ridge, and Hasbrouck Heights, as well as libraries for such institution as St. Thomas Aquinas College and Seton Hall.

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When & Where

  • 11/20/2013
  • 8:00 am - 10:00 am

  • CUNY Graduate Center
  • 365 Fifth Avenue
  • New York, NY 10016
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