Nate Hill is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO), a studio and event space in Hell’s Kitchen where New York’s knowledge workers come together to learn, share ideas, and collaborate. While affiliated with Berkman, Nate will seek to connect research and projects from the Center to METRO’s member network of almost 250 libraries, archives, and other organizations in New York City.
Nate grew up in upstate New York and began his career in libraries at Brooklyn Public Library’s Stone Avenue Branch. After almost ten years of service and several different roles within Brooklyn Public Library, he relocated to Silicon Valley to retrain and re-tool as a web designer and developer for the San Jose Public Library. Before joining METRO in June 2015, Nate served as Assistant Director of the Chattanooga Public Library, where he led the 4th Floor project, a 12,000 square foot library loft space featuring a public access makerspace, civic laboratory, and gigabit laboratory.
Nate was named a "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal in 2012. He earned his undergraduate degree in art from Skidmore College and an MLIS from Pratt Institute’s School of Information. Nate currently serves on the New York State Board of Regents Advisory Committee on Libraries and the advisory board for the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy. His projects have been exhibited at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum, and he has spoken about his work in Denmark, Scotland, Greece, Colombia, and elsewhere.
When he’s not busy library-ing, Nate enjoys painting, carpentry, gardening, hiking, and tinkering alongside his wife and kids.