For over 125 years, The New York Public Library (NYPL) has unwaveringly served New York City, from times of celebration and advancement to times of crisis and recovery. The Library was founded on the ideals of free and open access to knowledge and opportunity for all, and today, the Library’s core mission, exceptional staff, and robust infrastructure have uniquely positioned it as a global leader in public library service and innovation.
Public libraries are predicated on an ethos of access and egalitarianism, and The New York Public Library’s research centers are exemplars of this ideology. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, The Library for the Performing Arts, and the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture contain rare collection items, scholarly books, objects, ephemera, and historically powerful materials as varied as the individuals who seek them.
Anyone—from young student to curious patron, no matter their academic or scholarly affiliation—can explore the Library’s priceless treasures. And together, the sheer volume of items contained within the NYPL’s formidable holdings create a hub for humanities research in New York City and provide unrivaled access to the world’s greatest documents and materials.
Join us as we tour the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman building at 42nd Street, followed by a discussion about the Library’s financial challenges with the Vice President for Development, Jadrien Steele. We will then have the opportunity to learn more about the NYPL organization, and how it is tackling preservation by building a digital Library for the future, from the Senior Director of Digital Research, Brent Reidy, who was previously the Director of Research & Administration Operations at the Library for the Performing Arts.
Optionally, attendees may continue with an informal noon lunch behind the Library at the Bryant Park Grill, which has a heated covered area. Please contact Herb Kaplan at email@example.com if you would like to join the group for lunch.
Capacity is limited. Participants must register by Noon on Tuesday, March 29th.
Please note that no refunds will be issued.
To ensure the health and safety of all members of the greater HBS community, we ask that all guests are vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter this venue. Given that NY State COVID-19 guidelines are evolving, we will share any updated safety protocols closer to the event.
Vice President, Development
Jadrien Steele was appointed Vice President of Development at The New York Public Library in 2016. In this capacity, he oversees all private fundraising efforts for the Library, including Individual Giving and Major Gifts, Foundations, Corporations, Special Events, and Planned Giving. As a department within a public/private partnership, Development plays a critical role in helping support the Library’s annual budget of over $330 million.
Steele joined the Library in 2006 as a member of the Individual Giving team and has served in various leadership roles since, including campaign gift officer and senior director of development. Prior to joining the Library, Steele spent six years as a talent agent at ICM Partners.
Steele graduated cum laude from Princeton University and has an MFA in film production from the University of Southern California. He is also the author of two novels for young adults.
Senior Director of Digital Research for the Research Libraries
Brent Reidy is Senior Director of Digital Research for the Research Libraries. In this role he oversees digitization and digital access, preservation, asset management, and rights. He previously was Director of the Library for the Performing Arts and was a Senior Consultant with AEA Consulting, an arts management consulting firm. Reidy holds a BA from Dartmouth College where he studied music and a PhD in musicology from Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music.
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