Today’s Libraries

Thursday, November 20, 2014 -
7:45am to 11:00am EST
Philanthropy New York, 4th Floor, 79 Fifth Avenue, NY, NY
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Community Anchors for Innovative Digital Media Learning, Makerspaces, and After-school Programming

The Center for an Urban Future reports that no New York City institution is doing more to bridge the knowledge gap than its systems of public libraries. With maker spaces, coding classes, digital media labs, and high bandwidth access, libraries are equipping young people with the skills to succeed in today’s—and tomorrow’s—global marketplace, building on their interests and connecting them to valuable resources and peers.

According to a new study from the American Library Association, nearly all of the country’s libraries offer workforce development and technology skills training. To address the need for dedicated teen centers where youth can learn digital media skills and explore their interests, the Institute of Museums and Library Services supports 21st Century Learning Labs nationwide; and the Brooklyn Public Library is spreading teen media programs to branches around the borough. Libraries are also on the cutting edge of connectivity and strategies to bridge the digital divide. Kansas City Public Library is collaborating with Google Fiber to develop “Fiberhoods” that will provide the library and neighborhoods with a fiber optic network to access data almost instantly.


  • The evolution of digital media programs in libraries
  • How foundations can lead and respond to the changes in the digital media landscape and its impact on libraries
  • Examples of program collaborations between youth development organizations and libraries to create place-based digital media projects and games
  • The implications for funding libraries to serve as community hubs and provide the digital gateway for programs necessary for youth to succeed in the knowledge economy



Designed for

All interested funders. 


8:45-9:00 AM Check-in
9:00-11:00 AM Program

Registration is required by November 19th.
Members: To register yourself and/or a colleague at your organization, please log in and click the Register Now link above. (no fee)
Guests of Organizers and/or NYC Youth Funders: Please email with your name, title, organizational affiliation, business mailing address, and phone number.  Please indicate by which organizer you were invited. (no fee)
Non-Member Funders: Please email ($150 fee)
Please email with any questions.
Can't attend in person? You can watch the discussion via livestream

In collaboration with

A Philanthropy New York Briefing sponsored by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in The New York Community Trust, New York City Youth Funders Network, The Pinkerton Foundation, and Stavros Niarchos Foundation.