Did you know that the San Antonio Public Library (SAPL) system had more than five million visitors last year?
Last Tuesday, the Mayor’s Innovation and Technology Council convened at Rackspace to discuss SAPL and more during its monthly meeting. Chaired by Councilman Manny Pelaez, the Council includes Councilmembers Rebecca Viagran, Shirley Gonzales, and Roberto Trevino, as well as private citizens DeAnne Cuellar, Dirk Elmendorf, and Will Garrett.
Staff from the San Antonio Public Library and the San Antonio IT & Services Department (ITSD) presented information about SAPL’s IT Roadmap. Understanding the role of the library as a service provider and a community hub is critical to imagining the library of the future. What kind of infrastructure is needed? How are libraries changing across the nation? What would a Big Data community lab look like within the SAPL? How does equity play a role in these conversations? As the SAPL IT Roadmap is developed, implemented, and resourced, the group emphasized aligning the SAPL to the City’s technology vision. The community is asking what the library of the future looks like, and patron engagement and experience is at the center of those conversations.
The second presentation was provided by ITSD staff regarding the Interlocal Agreement between the City of San Antonio, Bexar County Appraisal District, CPS Energy, San Antonio Housing Authority, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Water System, and VIA Metropolitan Transit for the sharing of public and confidential data in support of the SmartSA Initiative. Discussion included questions about privacy, data-driven decision-making processes, and resiliency.
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