Watch this video message from San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro , who opened the Summit: Libraries as a Catalyst for Economic Growth and Community Development. He says libraries are a city's best asset:
During the San Antonio Public Library Foundation Board Builder Luncheon at the Pearl Stable, a panel of experts from China, Colombia, Korea and the United Kingdom talked about public/private partnerships in their countries where libraries are contributing to urban revitalization and economic development and even helping battle poverty and drug trafficking.
NOWCastSA broadcast the summit live, and you watch selections from the archived video here:
Here are the speakers, in order of appearance:
China: Yuan Zeng, Deputy Director, Reader’s Service Center, Shanghai Library. iwww.library.sh.cn/englsh/
Colombia: Clara Patricia Restrepo de Toro, Directora Ejecutiva, Fundación Empresas Públicas de Medellín
Korea: Sungchul Park, Librarian, Digital Planning Division of the National Library of Korea
Korea: Jeong NamHun, IT Business Developer, LG Consulting and Solutions (LG CNS)
United Kingdom: Brian Gambles, Assistant Director of Culture, Birmingham City Council, Head of Birmingham Libraries Service
The discussion caps a three-day summit on the global perspective of libraries, focusing on the future of libraries and their role in communities.
The Summit on Libraries is presented by the Office of the Mayor, San Antonio, Texas; the San Antonio Public Library; the San Antonio Public Library Foundation; the Transatlantic Cities Network of the German Marshall Fund; the East Asia Institute at the University of Texas at San Antonio; the City of San Antonio International and Economic Development Department; and the Free Trade Alliance San Antonio. Sponsors include the John and Florence Newman Foundation, the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library, the Bexar County (Texas) Commissioners Court, the Urban Libraries Council, Bill Salomon, Dan Jacob, Eugene Ames III, Dennis Martínez, the Southwest School of Art and Craft (San Antonio, Texas), and The Wood Agency.
Disclosure: Both the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and the San Antonio Public Library have representatives on the NOWCastSA board of directors.