Whose neighborhood library is the best? The Brian Lehrer Show looks at the the ways New York City's public libraries are affected by, and responding to, changing technology and demographics as part of the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards. The winners will be announced on September 17th with monetary awards from The Revson Foundation.
The "NYC Neighborhood Library Awards" nomination process gets underway with Charles H. Revson foundation president Julie Sandorf and chairman Reynold Levy. Today through July 1, New Yorkers can share why their NYC branch library should win awards as The Brian Lehrer Show explores the issues facing public libraries today with a range of guests.
Brian Lehrer talks to the heads of three of the city's library systems - Linda Johnson, president and CEO of The Brooklyn Public Library, Thomas Galante, president and CEO of Queens Library and Anthony Marx, president of New York Public Library, - to talk about the common issues facing their systems and how the libraries are keeping pace with technological and demographic changes in the city.
Christian Zabriskie, assistant manager of the Baisley Park community library in Queens and Lauren Comito, Outreach Librarian at Queens Library, talk about the library advocacy group they founded that utilizes street action, Urban Librarians Unite.
→ Event: The 4th Annual 24-hour Read-In takes place from 4 p.m to 4 p.m., June 8th and 9th, in front of the Brooklyn Central Library in Grand Army Plaza.
Bridget Quinn Carey, COO of Queens Library, and Farhana Yasmin, Queens New Americans patron, talk about the services the public libraries provide for new immigrants and English language learners. Plus, Adriana Blancarte-Hayward, manager of the New Dorp branch of the NYPL on Staten Island, shares her story as an immigrant from Mexico who went from attending her library's English language learning programs to managing a branch.
Kristin McDonough, director of the NYPL's Science, Industry and Business Library, Robyn Saunders, career coach at the Career and Education Information Service at the Bronx Library Center, and Jesse Montero, coordinator of Information Services at the Shelby White and Leon Levy Information Commons at Brooklyn Public Library and manager of their Information Commons, talk about the library-based resources for job seekers and entrepreneurs and answer listener questions.
Laroi Lawton, librarian and assistant professor at Bronx Community College and Queens College Graduate School of Library & Information Studies, talks about the job of librarian in the 21st century.
Librarians, how has your profession changed since you started working? Do you have words of wisdom for library science students? Call us at 212-433-9692.
Nominations for the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards topped 4,300, now find out the 10 finalists. Julie Sandorf, president of the Charles H. Revson Foundation, is joined by contest judges Fatima Shama, NYC Immigrant Affairs commissioner, and Kurt Andersen, host of Studio 360, to announce the finalists and discuss the judging process and the prizes.