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The New Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Linda E. Johnson, recently named president and CEO of the Brooklyn Public Library, discusses how the fifth largest library in the nation is re-imagining itself in the digital age.

Guests:

Linda E. Johnson

Comments [13]

flatbusher

A list of possible places to bring book donations is at http://www.brooklynpubliclibrary.org/support/materials/. It's generally best to contact them and describe the sorts of books you have before just bringing them over!

Sep. 01 2011 02:39 PM
Desiree from Park Slope

The vendors who contract library databases don't allow non university students to access their databases but There is a huge list of databases that can be access from anywhere that are available to anyone with a library card. My recommendation for writers and such is that you get a NYPL, BPL and QPL library card and a NYS library card. Doesn't take much time to get them. You will then have remote access to all the databases of those 4 library systems via the Internet. Also, you should check with the university from which you graduate to see if they have access options for alums.

Aug. 31 2011 11:07 AM
elvira bosco from Brooklyn

Just want to give a "shout out" to the Book Buddies program. It's a summer program that allows young people to volunteer at their branch library.

My son did it for two summers (when he was 12/13) 6 hours a week for 4 weeks. It was a great experience for him and good for the library, too. It's one of the few places that allows younger kids a place to volunteer.

Elvira Bosco
PS we love our teen librarians at the New Utrecht branch!!!

Aug. 31 2011 11:06 AM

What a wonderful director! I wish we had her in Iowa!

Aug. 31 2011 10:59 AM
RJ from bklyn

Per the caller on databases: can't the public libraries and university libraries interface so we can have access to both? I'm a copyeditor and I can't access the journal articles that are often only available directly by subscription to check quotes names etc.

Aug. 31 2011 10:59 AM
Desiree from Park Slope

For graduate and other college students, all of your academic databases should be available via the Internet and you can log into them from wherever you are (even if you are at the Public Library) via your own university library website. You can also access ANY of the NYS library's electronic scholarly databases using your NYS id card or drivers license.

Aug. 31 2011 10:58 AM
Desiree from Park Slope

For graduate and other college students, all of your academic databases should be available via the Internet and you can log into them from wherever you are (even if you are at the Public Library) via your own university library website. You can also access ANY of the NYS library's electronic scholarly databases using your NYS id card or drivers license.

Aug. 31 2011 10:57 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I usually use the library for its intended purpose: I borrow books, and now, DVDs. I occasionally use the computers there, but I do have internet service at home and work, so I very rarely use the service at the library.

My suggestion regarding donations is that, for those of us who buy books/media, buy two of whatever and donate the second to the library.

My biggest problem with the local branch libraries is that they are mostly full of mind candy. To remedy this, people who are donating books should donate more of a variety. Not everyone can survive on romance novels alone.

Aug. 31 2011 10:55 AM
Jill from Kensington, Bklyn

Please, can book drops be installed outside all of the branches? It's a pain to try to get to my branch (Cortelyou) to return books during operating hours.

Thanks!

Aug. 31 2011 10:52 AM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

Has the beautiful restoration of the Main Branch already paid for?

Aug. 31 2011 10:52 AM
Babs from brooklyn

How about the money for books etc.? Is that being cut so the hours can grow?

Aug. 31 2011 10:48 AM
Rachel from Park Slope, Brooklyn

Can you ask Ms. Johnson the status of the renovation to the Park Slope branch? It has been closed for many, many months but I've never actually seen anyone working at the site. No workers, no trucks, no equipment.

Thanks!

Aug. 31 2011 10:48 AM
Eric K from Sheepshead Bay

Question on the book donation policy change of July 1:

If it is the case that the Brooklyn Public Library no longer accepts donations, what should people looking to donate books do?

Aug. 31 2011 10:30 AM

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