New York Public Library Appoints Tony Ageh Chief Digital Officer
The New York Public Library has named Tony Ageh Chief Digital Officer, responsible for the institution’s ongoing digital transformation and its visionary work in making its collections and services as accessible as possible.
He is scheduled to start on April 11.
Ageh comes to the Library from the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) in London – one of the largest media organizations in the world – where he has held a variety of leadership positions since 2002 and, in that time, has managed over 300 staff members. His accomplishments include the development and implementation of the BBC’s Internet strategy, which grew its web traffic from 2 million users per day to over 25 million over a five year period. He also created and implemented the BBC iPlayer (an internet streaming catchup television and radio service for people in the United Kingdom), which has delivered over 10 billion programs to the British public and on average receives 10 million requests per day.
Most recently, Ageh acted as controller of the BBC’s Archive Strategy, making their substantial archives of radio, television, images and documents – and by extension British culture and creativity – increasingly accessible to the public in the UK and beyond. Key accomplishments included releasing over 1 million programs to those in education, publishing a searchable catalogue of the BBC’s entire broadcast output since 1923 and partnering with organizations such as the British Library and the Open Data Institute to develop a collaborative approach to open access to learning and cultural resources known as the Digital Public Space.
In 2015 Ageh was awarded the Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) by the Queen, for services to digital media.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.