“On a reconnaissance mission, Shana Kimball walked through the Museum of Mathematics with her smartphone out, snapping pictures of square-wheeled tricycles and math-inspired art. She stopped at a display case of visitor-designed sculptures. “It’s so beautiful,” she said to the museum’s co-executive director, Cindy Lawrence. “Do you rotate that out with frequency?” Ms. Kimball, who works for the New York Public Library, is part of the institution’s attempt to reboot the contentious renovation of its flagship Fifth Avenue building. After abandoning its original plan, which had sparked fierce public opposition, the library says it is doing things differently.” (via WSJ)
“>Neil L. Rudenstine, a former Harvard president who since 2011 has served as chairman of the New York Public Library, will step down in November, the library confirmed on Thursday.
As interim chairman, Mr. Rudenstine said in a letter to his colleagues that he “expected to be in place for one year, or at most two.”NYTimes.com)
“The New York Public Library is expanding close to its main branch, purchasing a handful of commercial condos across the street from its Fifth Avenue research library, property records show. The library system paid $34.5 million for the properties. The nonprofit, which operates 92 branch and research libraries in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island, purchased the eight condos at 445 Fifth Avenue from the Church Pension Group, a financial services provider for the Episcopal Church, records filed with the city today show.
The units cover 74,000 square feet, according to the library.” (via The Real Deal)
“Moving forward on its $300 million overhaul of the Mid-Manhattan Library and upgrade of its flagship Fifth Avenue building, the New York Public Library has undertaken a master planning process that is not expected to be concluded until April, library officials said in an interview. “We’re figuring out how and what the space is going to be,” said Iris Weinshall, who became chief operating officer last month. She discussed the plans along with Mary Lee Kennedy, the new chief library officer. “Then we will start the next phase of the process,” she added.” (via NYTimes.com)
“I bet you didn’t know that the New York Public Library is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Library Way this month. You may have no idea where it’s even located. Library Way extends from Park to Fifth avenues along 41st Street. And it’s distinguished by 44 bronze sidewalk plaques featuring quotes from the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Emily Dickinson, Julia Alvarez, Mark Twain and Tom Stoppard. There are actually 98 plaques, according to library spokeswoman Amy Geduldig—an equal number on both sides of 41st Street that are identical to each other. I have to take her word for it, because when we strolled the street Monday afternoon with library officials Ann Thornton and Christopher Platt, we stuck to the north side.” (via WSJ)
“New York’s public library branches need $1.1 billion in repairs to fix leaky roofs, broken air-conditioning systems and a host of other problems, according to a report released Monday by the Center for an Urban Future, a New York-based think tank. The report argues that the city has a “broken funding system” in which libraries rely too much on discretionary funds from City Council members. It calls on Mayor Bill de Blasio to create a citywide capital plan for libraries and double capital spending on libraries over the next 10 years.” (via WSJ)
The New York Public Library Receives $200,000 Grant From The New York Life Foundation For After-School Programming
“The New York Public Library (NYPL) has received a $200,000 grant from the New York Life Foundation to support its after-school programming for middle school students. The grant will be used to expand the Library’s Enrichment Zones, where trained educators work directly with students in grades one through eight, providing one-on-one and small-group tutoring to help with homework and improve academic performance in select subject areas.” (via The New York Public Library)
“The New York Public Library is kicking some of its key services to the curb this summer – and is inviting the public to take advantage.For nearly two weeks in August, the Library will offer an outdoor reading room outside of its landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, located at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. “The Library Inside Out: Read Everywhere” will be open from Tuesday, August 5 until Friday, August 15, staffed by dedicated volunteers and offering wi-fi, books recommended by librarians, library card sign ups, and a seating. All readers are welcome in the space, which is being offered in partnership with Bryant Park Corporation and will be open from Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., weather permitting.” (via The New York Public Library)
“Libraries are known for lending books. Libraries have recently also become known as a place to use computers and the internet. Now though, libraries are combining the two in their latest effort to try to close the so-called “Digital Divide”—made up of those who do and do not have access to the internet. The New York Public Library recently completed a pilot project during which certain patrons were able to check out wireless routers giving them free, unlimited internet access at home.” (via NY1)
“As our Brian Fung detailed last week, some of the United States’ bigger urban library systems have begun lodging a public protest against the formula federal rulemakers are considering for the distribution of billions of dollars for wireless Internet infrastructure. The Federal Communications Commission is thinking of divvying up so-called E-Rate funds to libraries based on square footage rather than users or some other metric, a calculation that city libraries argue gives an unfair advantage to their more sprawling suburban counterparts. And now perhaps the biggest name in the U.S. public libraries has dipped into the debate.” (via The Washington Post)