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October 8, 2019

Salt Lake City and County to Become Urban Library Capital During Urban Libraries Council Forum

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SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah—Leaders from nearly 100 major urban library systems across the United States and Canada will convene in Salt Lake City and County for this year’s 2019 Urban Libraries Council Forum. The forum will address the impact of artificial intelligence and the role of libraries as they continue to foster and empower digital-savvy citizens with services and tools that will strengthen democracy. 

“As trusted organizations, libraries will play an important role in raising awareness of how AI will affect people’s lives,” Salt Lake County Library Director Jim Cooper said. “Libraries champion open access and information, equity and democracy, all of which will be affected by AI. We are obligated to ensure that no one is left behind during the AI revolution.”

Speakers, including Cooper; Salt Lake County Mayor Jackie Biskupski; Governance Futures Lab, Institute for the Future Director, Jake Dunagan; and Salt Lake City Public Library Director Peter Bromberg will address conference attendees.

“Libraries will have a central community leadership role in the age of AI,” Bromberg said. “AI technology will impact economies, cultures and democracy, transforming how people live. It’s of vital importance that libraries discuss that role now and prepare for the future so individuals are empowered, not diminished, by this new technology wave.”

The Urban Libraries Council Forum will bring together public library and community leaders in expert-led discussions and activities to elevate a shared understanding of the economic and social implications of emerging technologies. For more information, visit the ULC’s website.

What: Urban Libraries Council Forum
When: October 16–18, 2019
Where: Little America Hotel, 500 S Main Street, Salt Lake City


About the Urban Libraries Council
The Urban Libraries Council is an innovation and impact tank of North America’s leading public library systems. ULC drives cutting-edge research and strategic partnerships to elevate the power of libraries as essential, transformative institutions for the 21st-century. More than 150 urban member libraries in the U.S. and Canada rely on ULC to identify significant challenges facing today’s communities and provide new tools and techniques to help libraries achieve stronger outcomes in education, digital inclusion, workforce and economic development, and race and social equity.

About Salt Lake County Library
The County Library is committed to making a positive difference in the lives of our community by inspiring imagination, satisfying curiosity and providing a great place for everyone to visit. You belong at the County Library and your interest to read, create, learn, play and connect is supported by our employees, programs, collection and online resources. Early and lifelong learning, as well as equal access for all, are at the forefront of all that we do.

About Salt Lake City Public Library
The City Library consists of a Main Library and seven branch libraries with a staff of over 300 smart, compassionate, and dedicated people who are deeply committed to supporting and advancing the success of every customer they serve and making lives better for residents of Salt Lake City. The City Library serves an engaged community where over 80% of citizens hold library cards with a cardholder base of over 161,000. The Main Library attracts visitors from around the world to take in the stunning architecture, attend cultural festivals, and enjoy the 360-degree view of the city from its Rooftop Garden.

Follow the Urban Libraries Council
Twitter: @UrbanLibCouncil
Facebook: @UrbanLibrariesCouncil
Instagram: @UrbanLibCouncil
Hashtag: #ULCForum2019