May 16, 2022

A New Event Series From NYU Libraries & Partners: “Think in Public: Libraries in the Life of Cities and Communities” Begins on October 16th

From New York University:

NYU Libraries will host a conversation in partnership with digital magazine Public Books about the role of libraries in shaping urban life. The event will be held October 16 at NYU’s Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 8th floor, 70 Washington Square South.

Louise Bernard, Director of the Obama Presidential Center Museum, and Eric Klinenberg, Director of the Institute for Public Knowledge, the Helen Gould Shepard Professor in the Social Sciences at NYU, and author of Palaces for the Peoplewill be in conversation about the issues that arise around civic life and social infrastructure when libraries and cities intersect.

This event is the first in a new series called “Think in Public: Libraries in the Life of Cities and Communities,” which will explore the different roles that libraries can play in the lives of cities, individuals, and culture at large. Nicholas Dames, Theodore Kahan Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University and Section Editor at Public Books will introduce the series and the event.

“Libraries have long played a crucial role in cultivating the intellectual life of communities. They serve as a refuge for revolutionary ideas and all forms of creative expression. They document the evolution of society and culture to help us better understand the world around us. And they spark our creativity, enabling us to imagine better futures,” said H. Austin Booth, Dean of NYU’s Division of Libraries.

“As one of the most important research universities in the world, NYU is the perfect place to explore the role of libraries on a deeper level. We’re thrilled to introduce this new event series,” she continued.

All events in the series will be a partnership between NYU Libraries, Public Books, and the Institute of Public Knowledge at NYU. Future events will explore the evolving role of the library in the digital age and the responsibility of libraries to serve as public spaces.

“Think in Public: Libraries in the Life of Cities and Communities” will be held October 16 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m. at the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library, 8th floor, 70 Washington Square South. Please click here to RSVP.

NOTE: The events in this series will NOT be streamed live. However, video recordings will be made available. We will share these videos as they are released. 

About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.