We're pleased to announce that the keynote speaker for the MDL 13th Annual Meeting will be Natalie Milbrodt from Queens Library, New York.
Natalie Milbrodt leads Queens Library’s Metadata Services division, responsible for the system’s cataloging and digitization efforts. In 2010, Milbrodt developed the Queens Memory program on behalf of Queens College, CUNY and Queens Library. Queens Memory collects oral histories, photographs and other mementos from residents at public events and exhibits them alongside selections from the library’s archives on the project’s website, QueensMemory.org.
The program has won financial support from the Knight Foundation, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and others. The program was recognized in 2012 by the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services with an Outstanding Collaboration Citation, and in 2014 by the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York with an Educational Use of Archives Award. It will scale up in dozens of libraries and other cultural heritage organizations as part of the Culture In Transit project.
Milbrodt graduated in 2011 with an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from City University of New York-Queens College and has a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities, with a Specialization in Film Studies from Michigan State University. Before joining the library profession, she worked for film production, design, and marketing firms in both creative and management roles.