​Smart Cities are using emerging technologies to improve the quality of living standards for its citizens. Smart City initiatives are revving up globally, and libraries have an opportunity to be part of the evolution of our cities. Smart Cities take the astronomical amounts of data being detected by a myriad of Internet of Things applications, process the data in real-time by artificial intelligence over high-speed 5G networks.

Rigorous planning and evenhanded collaboration are other vital components helping make Smart Cities truly “smart” so that they can adapt to our needs. Ultimately, in this webinar,

· Learn what a Smart City is and what they are capable of doing,
· Recognize what technologies are powering Smart Cities,
· Understand ethical and regulatory issues impacting these initiatives, and
· Explore ways to get your library at the table to help bring equitable access to all.


Original broadcast May 6, 2020

Biography ~ Chad Mairn
Chad Mairn is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries. In 2016, Chad received a League of Innovation Excellence Award in Teaching and Learning for Innovation in the Use of Technology.