Shamichael Hallman is a social, civic, and tech innovator. Since 2017 he has served as the Senior Library Manager of the historic Cossitt Library in Memphis Public Libraries.

In this role he is helping oversee the multimillion dollar renovation of the space. As part of the Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative, the renovated Cossitt Library will feature an outdoor gathering space, café, audio/video studio spaces, coworking areas, an enhanced collection of books and resources, and a variety of technology that will be available to the community. With an emphasis on advancing the library’s role as a community anchor, Shamichael has worked with library leadership, staff, and community stakeholders to strategically develop programming, partnerships, and initiatives designed to bring together diverse groups of citizens who otherwise might not have the opportunity to interact or learn from each other.

His 2020 TEDx talk “Reimagining the Public Library to Reconnect the Community” garnered international attention among librarians and social innovators. In 2021 he cofounded Libraries as Bridges; a learning network of librarians and library professionals across the country focused on understanding, advancing, and evaluating how libraries build social cohesion, promote civic renewal, and advance the ideals of a healthy American democracy in the 21st century.

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