NY Daily News – “Most Brooklyn libraries will be open just five days a week under the new city budget – but none will have to close. The budget passed by the City Council on Tuesday cut the Brooklyn Public Library’s budget by $3.4 million – far less than the $20.6 million threatened by Mayor Bloomberg, but not enough to save six-day service at branches across the borough.”
New York Daily News – “The Broolyn Public Library is turning the page – with a new library chief, the Daily News has learned. Philadelphia native Linda Johnson has been tapped to take over as the library’s interim executive director starting next week and will serve for one year.”
NY Daily News – “Read it and weep, Brooklyn. A “handful” of neighborhood libraries will likely be shuttered, with hours slashed at remaining borough branches, because of city budget cuts, the Daily News has learned. Between five and seven Brooklyn library branches are now on the chopping block – down from 16 that Brooklyn Public Library officials warned would be forced to close if the mayor’s proposed $77 million cutback were enacted.”
Library Journal – “For readers, a long Washington Post article published August 9 and headlined The Art of Letting Employees Go, was an intimate look at the work of the Five O’Clock Club (FOCC), an outplacement firm that charges clients “about $2,000 per fired employee in exchange for providing layoff victims with a year of career coaching.” The major focus of the article: Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), which laid off 13 staffers in response to a budget cut of about five percent. For BPL, whose anonymous laid-off staffers are identifiable to colleagues, it was an embarrassment, leading both the director of the FOCC and the director of BPL to apologize to the staff.”
The New York Observer – “Absent a famous last name, or a fancy job, or an award-winning book, or simply a boatload of cash, a New York Public Library board position is a long shot for even the most devoted bibliophile. But what about â€¦ Brooklyn?”
The Brooklyn Public Library wants to acquire a building by using eminent domain.
"In what would be a first in the United States, the Brooklyn Public Library hopes to team up with Netflix to deliver DVDs and videos to anyone in the borough with a library card, The Post has learned. The price would be unbeatable – free."
But, keep reading and you’ll see….
"Netflix spokesman Steve Swasey said he knew nothing about a possible partnership with the library and seemed surprised by the news."
Doh! I hope that this deal doesn’t fall through and get the hopes up of the many library users in Brooklyn. Fingers crossed.
Update: Michael has more.