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More Time in the Stacks: Library Hours in NYC Still Lag Behind Other Big Cities

“New York City’s branch libraries are now open significantly more hours per week than at any point in the past decade. This marks an important improvement at a time when branch libraries have become vital information portals for New Yorkers who lack the essential literacy, language. and technological skills needed to get ahead today. Due to a $43 million increase in library operating funds, which Mayor Bill de Blasio and the City Council agreed to in June 2015, the city’s libraries are now open 48.9 hours a week on average. This is up slightly from the same time last year, when the city’s branches were open 48.4 hours a week, but it represents a significant increase in hours of operation from just two years ago (44.7 hours per week) and from a decade ago (39 hours per week).” (via Center for an Urban Future)

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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Acquires Lou Reed’s Archives

“During a press conference at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, Laurie Anderson and NYPL announced today, on what would have been Lou Reed’s 75th birthday, that the Library is acquiring the seminal musician’s complete archives. The Library will also host free displays and public programs over the next two weeks to celebrate and showcase Reed’s life and work, and his collection’s new home at NYPL.” (via The New York Public Library)

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New York Public Library and Macmillan To Launch a Publishing Partnership

“The New York Public Library and Macmillan Publishers have announced a new agreement to create and publish a wide variety of print and e-books for adults and for children drawing from and inspired by the Library’s world-renowned collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, and more. The bulk of these collections – spanning centuries and representing iconic writers, scholars, performance artists, government and civic leaders, artists, and more – are housed in the Library’s historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and the Science, Industry and Business Library.” (via The New York Public Library)

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How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library

“The New York Public Library is one of the largest public libraries in the world, with 18 million visitors yearly, a budget of nearly $300m, and 93 branches. It serves vastly diverse populations: toddlers and caregivers, new immigrants, lifelong learners, famous novelists, and scholars. Although based in New York City, it serves a global audience of researchers and tourists. Library leaders knew that given the immense changes brought on by digital innovations, as well as shifts in the communities that the communities that the Library served, it would need to evolve. How to transform such a huge, iconic institution, wrapped in history, into a nimble player? How to provide hyper-local services tailored to the diverse needs of its patrons while also upholding a consistent and high standard of service?” (via Harvard Business Review)

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Below Bryant Park, a Bunker and a Train Line, Just for Books

“This time of year, Bryant Park is flooded with holiday shoppers strolling amid the vending booths and skaters gliding on the ice rink.Few, if any, might have any inkling that just below them lies a world-class repository of research materials in a concrete-encased, climate-controlled book vault. And a little red railroad.The recently opened book bunker with 55,600 square feet of space extends west from the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue. That little red railroad winds from this underground bunker up through the cavernous building” (via The New York Times)

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