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Saturday August 23, 2014

Transforming NY #Libraries for the #Digital Age

English: Front door of Brooklyn Public Library...

Brooklyn Public Library (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

More than 40.5 million people visited the NY public libraries last year, more than the combined attendance at professional sporting events and major cultural institutions. According to a report from Center for an Urban Future, libraries are most popular with seniors, foreign-born NYers, at-risk teens and freelancers. But budget cuts threaten their expansion. The report recommended that NY libraries partner with tech companies and government agencies to create new learning and career centers. It also said libraries should pursue new sources of revenue and consider new ways of building new virtual lending platforms for ebooks, videos and audio files. Linda Johnson, president of the Brooklyn Public Library, told WNYC, “People are using Starbucks in much the same we want them to use the library,”

WNYC