50 Specialty Libraries of New York City: From Botany to by Terry Ballard

By Terry Ballard

Everyone understands that manhattan keeps one of many nice library structures on the earth - the 2 lions that safeguard the forty second highway library one of the most vital icons within the urban. much less renowned are a number of uniqueness libraries that experience grown up round the wealthy highbrow and cultural lifetime of big apple urban. there are many libraries that serve genealogical researchers, but additionally libraries catering to Spanish, German, French and Russian audio system. there's a library of books approximately canine and person who is predicated at the paintings of Carl Jung. A library in Staten Island assessments out instruments to householders rebuilding after typhoon Sandy. Fifty distinctiveness Libraries of recent York City should be a travel of hugely really good yet publicly available libraries in ny and the Outer Boroughs. In each one case, entry is defined, and an interview with the director or manager is gifted. This ebook is a distinct info resource for all these librarians and researchers drawn to the wealthy cultural history of recent York’s libraries.

  • Goes past the listing structure to provide considerate statement and interview fabric on every one library
  • Refers the reader to present information
  • Written through a librarian with 50 years’ adventure of public, educational, and distinct libraries, and with a deep feeling for brand spanking new York
  • Gives an account of fifty speciality libraries of recent York urban, from small subscription libraries to the UN Library
  • Presents info on libraries which are little-known and generally worthy in New York

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This is something that gets used virtually every day here. ” I asked which system they use for their online catalog and was told that it was supplied by OCLC. Importantly, since the library has no Web page that I could find, access to the catalog was available only to users inside the library. us Access: Open to the public Transportation: LIRR Jamaica station, E subway line three blocks south of the library, or F subway line, Sutphin Avenue station, two blocks north of the library This library is on an upper floor in the county courthouse, and past experience had told me that I might not be able to take pictures, and this turned out to be true.

Asked about their funding, they told me that the three main factors were the endowments that created the organization in 1847, grants, and an active Friends of the Rare Books Room organization. Memberships begin at $75 for a basic membership and continue up to $10,000 for a Vesalius Circle Benefactor, whose benefits include a cocktail party for the member and 15 of his or her friends. With a collection this rich in pre-1923 titles, digitization would seem like a natural pursuit. “We have digitized eleven titles, but we are making plans for a much bigger effort in the future,” said Garner.

I turned to the METRO organization in New York City and worked with a librarian who specialized in medical institutions. She encountered the same kind of slammed doors that I had found. I finally decided that I would settle on a well-funded branch of the New York Public Library (NYPL). This is a beautiful and impressive library, but their selection of medical reference was unremarkable— no more than you might find in a Long Island public library. I had spent a few minutes looking in the catalog to get an idea of which section to visit (SIBL has a combination of Dewey and Library of Congress—the circulating books were Dewey and the reference was Library of Congress), and I noticed that a lot of medical reference titles were found in the Mid-Manhattan library, across 5th Avenue from the main library.

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