METRO Announces the Appointment of Nate Hill as Executive Director

The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) is pleased to announce the appointment of Nate Hill as Executive Director. Nate comes to METRO via Chattanooga Public Library, San Jose Public Library, and Brooklyn Public Library. He will join our staff in early June.

With experience in major library systems, in-depth technical training, and participation in a variety of high-level national forums led by IMLS and the Aspen Institute, among others, Nate is well-positioned to catalyze METRO’s mission to advance library, archive, and museum services in New York City, Westchester County, and beyond. Nate’s current work will bring a welcome perspective to METRO’s on-going initiatives, including Empire State Digital Network, the National Digital Stewardship Residency in New York, Culture in Transit, and our professional development programs.

NateHill.JPGTaking the lead at METRO is a return to Nate’s New York roots. 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. There, Nate worked on a mobile local history app and also became deeply involved in the planning for the Digital Public Library of America.

Most recently, Nate served as Deputy 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. In addition to his work at the library, Nate served on the board of Chattanooga’s Enterprise Center as well as the nonprofit Causeway. He was named a "Mover and Shaker" by Library Journal in 2012. Nate earned his undergraduate degree in art from Skidmore College and an MLIS from Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science.

Nate is eager to begin working with METRO’s member community. He says “collaboration and resource sharing, professional development, and an understanding of new tools and technologies are important for information professionals now more than ever. METRO is as strong now as it has ever been, and as an organization it is uniquely positioned to strengthen bonds between individuals and institutions within our growing membership. I’m excited to build upon METRO’s existing programs and to introduce new ones as well.”

METRO’s staff is equally excited to begin working with Nate this summer. Please email us at with questions.

The photo above was provided to us by Nate Hill.