Tony Tallent

Chief Program and Innovation Officer, Richland Library (U.S.)

Tony is the Chief Program and Innovation Officer for Richland Library in Columbia, South Carolina. In this role, he works to maximize the impact of the library’s collections, learning opportunities and reach into the community through new services, marketing and program formats. Tony has worked on several notable projects, including the hybrid library-theater partnership ImaginOn in Charlotte, North Carolina as well as The LIT Room, an architectural-robotics embedded space that fosters literacy and creativity. He founded the successful Tricycle Music Festival that evolved into Tricycle Music Fest West, now successfully championed and lead by the San Francisco Public Library. Tony was recognized as a 2008 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal and received the Urban Libraries Council’s Joey Rodger Leadership Award in 2011. In 2014, he was the recipient of the John H. Landrum Library Advocacy Award. Tony’s writing has appeared in several journals, literary reviews and online platforms.