Tag Archives: Queensborough Public Library

Queens Public Library trustees plan to remove Thomas Galante as director — then give him consulting job that pays $800G

“The trustees of the Queens Public Library have scheduled an emergency meeting for Thursday night to remove their controversial director Thomas Galante, while also granting him more than $800,000 in a golden parachute consulting deal, the Daily News has learned. Word of the hastily scheduled meeting prompted Public Advocate Letitia James, an ex-officio member of the library’s board, to request State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, who regulates non-profit organizations, to join her in seeking a court order to halt the proposed vote.” (via NY Daily News)

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Queens Library reform bill passes Legislature

“Several of the borough’s legislatures reached an agreement in Albany Friday on a bill to regulate the activities at the Queens Public Library. Queens Borough President Melinda Katz praised the Senate for voting 59-1 early Friday for the measure that would reform the appointment of members to the board of trustees, replace the committee that oversees the library’s personnel with an executive committee and require the library to respond to the state’s Freedom of Information Law. Lawmakers first started working on legislation to reform the library following revelations the nonprofit’s chief executive officer, Thomas Galante, made a $392,000 salary and the start of an FBI investigation concerning questionable fiscal management of the nonprofit, which gets federal, state and city funding.” (via TimesLedger)

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Gonzalez: Queens Library chief spends $140G on office remodeling while two branches in the Rockaways remain closed, unfixed post-Sandy

“Thomas Galante, the Queens Library chief who somehow managed to spend $140,000 in taxpayer funds last year to renovate his executive offices, hasn’t shown the same skill at restoring neighborhood libraries devastated by Hurricane Sandy. Of four Queens Library branches in the Rockaways damaged by the superstorm 15 months ago, two remain closed. Take, for example, the Peninsula branch. The sprawling one-story building takes up nearly half a block along Rockaway Blvd. Yet it sits empty and shuttered, with no sign of any construction (via NY Daily News)

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Queens Libraries to Offer Free Digital Copies of Magazines

“The Queens Library is the first public library system in New York to offer free digital copies of popular magazines for download, part of a broader push to provide library patrons with better access to digital reading materials. Last year, the Queens Library system became the first New York library system to lend e-readers, and this fall the library hopes to begin lending tablets, said Thomas Galante, the library’s president and CEO.” (via WSJ)

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In diverse times, libraries seek to broaden appeal

AP – “Libraries have always been in the business of providing information. But as diversity continues to grow in the United States, libraries like the system in Queens are trying to remain vital and relevant to their communities by offering information in a range of new ways.”

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They’re #1

The Sun – “The Queens Library is the no. 1 library system in the country, with 20.2 million items in circulation in fiscal year 2006, according to a report released by the Public Library Association yesterday. The library saw an increase to 21 million circulated items in fiscal year 2007, which ended on June 30.”

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Chicago Librarian Does “Web Site of the Month” Posts

Leo Klein, who has commented twice today, has a neat looking blog (I thought I was looking at the NYT site for a second there).  Better yet, he’s started to do a "Web Site of the Month" post, with fantastic commentary.  This month he tackles the Queensborough Public Library, right here in NY.

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