Toby Greenwalt's work over the past fifteen years has been right at the intersection of community-building and developing technology. It has been his mission as a librarian to create memorable, meaningful library experiences for users in both physical and virtual spaces while navigating the friction that comes when those two domains intersect.
Greenwalt's organization work sits at a similar nexus. He currently serves as an advisory committee member for ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries, and as a member of the PLA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. He has written and spoken frequently on issues related to building community through technology. Previously the virtual services coordinator at Skokie (IL) Public Library, Greenwalt received his MLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014. In his spare time, Greenwalt runs slowly for long distances, and runs quickly for short distances--chasing after his kids.
“Public libraries face an increasingly wide-ranging set of demands—new audiences, new constraints, and new models of providing service. My experience as both a librarian and a PLA member positions me well to help PLA develop better digital fluencies while maintaining a strong commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.”