Micah May, eBook Strategist
Micah May is a global library industry thought leader on e-content service and digital platform building for the nonprofit community. Working as an independent consultant, May is currently helping the Internet Archive and Digital Public Library of America to develop strategies to help libraries serve eBooks and other digital content. May is also guiding operation for Library for All, an NYC-based nonprofit dedicated to delivering reading to the developing world and is leading LFA’s relaunch in Rwanda. May also recently helped five large publishers identify ways to leverage data across their core business and develop new data-driven publishing business models.
Previously (2009-2016) May was a Senior Director at the New York Public Library, where he led various functions including innovation and partnerships, business development and strategy. While at NYPL May worked closely with the White House to secure over $250M in eBook donations from publishers and create Open Ebooks, an app-based library for children in low-income communities nationwide. He conceived, got funding for, and directed the development of SimplyE, an open source platform that delivers 300K+ eBooks from five previously separate sources to users in three taps or less. May also led the founding of NYPL Labs, a groundbreaking and award-winning experimental design and development capacity that launched the first library crowd-sourcing projects in the US and redefined how NYPL built technology. He also directed the creation of MyLibraryNYC, NYPL’s first at-scale partnership with the NYC Department of Education that delivers library service in 500+ NYC public schools and the NYPL Innovation Project that expanded NYPL’s English as a Second Language Instruction and Out of School Time and supported staff-led best practice sharing and innovation.
Before joining NYPL, May worked for four years (2005-2009) as a consultant at McKinsey & Company where, in addition to serving clients in the banking, insurance, and pharma industries, he spearheaded and managed a new research and development group that developed and disseminated advanced problem-solving techniques being used by the firm for the first time.
May received his Juris Doctorate from Harvard Law School in 2005 and his B.A. in Philosophy and Political Science, magna cum laude, from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2001. May grew up in Durango, Colorado and loves the outdoors especially surfing and rock climbing.