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Thursday, April 18 • 11:45am - 12:30pm
Plenary III

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The Closing Plenary will feature Louise Bernard, founding Director of the Obama Presidential Center, and Eric Klinenberg, Professor of Sociology at New York University and author of Palaces for the People. They will be introduced by Brian Bannon, Commission and CEO, Chicago Public Library.

Louise Bernard will share the latest on the planning for the Obama Presidential Center, including a preview of the first major collaboration between a public library and a presidential center. Eric Klinenberg will explore how libraries serve as “a textbook example of social infrastructure in action,” a shared space which invites and supports the full continuum of people, sometimes considered a radical notion. Together, they will explore possibilities for reimagining libraries for the mid-21st century.

Robert Miller, Chief Executive Officer of LYRASIS, will deliver closing remarks, synthesizing content from this session and the full fest.

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Brian Bannon

Commissioner & CEO, Chicago Public Library
Brian Bannon currently serves as Commissioner & CEO of the Chicago Public Library. Bannon was appointed to the position by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2012. Under Bannon’s leadership, CPL has been recognized as a top U.S. urban library and has won a number of awards and accolades, including... Read More →
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Louise Bernard

Director, Obama Presidential Center Museum
Louise Bernard is the founding Director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center. She was formerly Director of Exhibitions at the New York Public Library. As a Senior Content Developer and Interpretive Planner in the New York office of the museum design firm Ralph Appelbaum... Read More →
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Eric Klinenberg

Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge, New York University
Eric Klinenberg is Professor of Sociology and Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. He's the author of the acclaimed books Palaces for the People, Going Solo, Heat Wave, and Fighting for Air, and coauthor, with Aziz Ansari, of the #1 New York Times... Read More →
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Robert Miller

Chief Executive Officer, LYRASIS

Thursday April 18, 2019 11:45am - 12:30pm CDT
Pritzker Auditorium 400 S State Street, Chicago, IL 60605