Woes for NYC Libraries

The main branch of the New York Public Library

The main branch of the New York Public Library

Once again, the New York Public Library System–and the Brooklyn and Queens Library Systems–are asking for big money. I had mentioned here how bad the infrastructure is in these libraries. 217 libraries in bad need of repair and upgrading. The cost? 1.4 billion.

You can read about the latest here. Many of these libraries are in poor areas of the city where people actually depend on their local library for materials and services to help them change their lives.

I the case of NYPL, the attempt to redesign the Humanities and Social Sciences Library, the main library of NYPL, which was defeated in a populist uprising, looks even dumber than it did when it first was announced. As popular voices pointed out, it would be wasted money. Wasted money indeed.

One major cause of these problems is the boards of directors and trustees that do not direct in what is best when they are trusted to do so. I also blame this on sheer neglect over the last few decades, coupled with the obsessive drive to cut taxes to absurd levels, as well as the continual need to update technology every three years. It’s a “troika” of troubles, and we can’t just wish them away.

It always comes down to money: where it should be spent, how it should be spent and, perhaps more importantly, where do we get the money, since taxes are evil, at least in the eyes of the clueless and greedy.

Hopefully, the city will realize how valuable these libraries are and start undoing the mismanagement of decades.



End of Blog

I’ve decided to stop this blog for two reasons:

1. No one is reading the blog;

2. There are librarians out there that are far more involved–and fanatical–about what’s going on in libraries that I’m just going to bow out.

I’ve got three other blogs: the main blog; Book Reviews; and Research. That’s more than enough.

More Woes for NYPL

(2013-12-05 004)Criticism of New York Public Library continues.

The NYPL plan to reorganize the 42nd Street flagship library and merge it with the Mid-Manhattan Branch failed amid a lot of popular protests that eventually killed it.

Now an article in the Wall Street Journal reports that many of NYPL’s branches–as well as Queens and Brooklyn Public Libraries–are falling apart and are in desperate need of repair. (The heavily used Chinese books at the Ulmer Park branch of BPL are in danger of being ruined–and I’m sure those books will be hard, if not impossible, to replace.) Leaky ceilings, malfunctioning windows, broken air conditioners–the list goes on and on.

The cost to fix the libraries? 1.1 billion.

I’ve already seen emails from angry New Yorkers who want to know how NYPL could have planned on remodeling the 42nd Street library while letting the system’s branches fall into such squalor?

Seeking Submissions: The Journal of Web Librarianship

The Journal of Web Librarianship is an international, peer-reviewed journal focused on all aspects of librarianship as practiced on the World Wide Web, including both existing and emerging roles and activities of information professionals.

The journal strives to find a balance between original, scholarly research, and practical communications on relevant topics in web librarianship.  Web services and systems librarians are encouraged to contribute, as are librarians working in public services, technical services, special collections, archives, and administration.

The Journal of Web Librarianship welcomes articles covering topics including but not limited to:

  • Library Web page design and redesigns
  • Web project management
  • Usability testing of library or library-related sites
  • Cataloging or classification of Web information
  • Library apps, mobile Web sites, and other topics related to mobile devices and libraries
  • International issues in Web librarianship
  • Library integration with other Web sites
  • Future aspects of Web librarianship

The Journal of Web Librarianship receives all manuscript submissions electronically via its ScholarOne Manuscripts site located at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/JWebLib

Seeking Submissions: The Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning

The Journal of Library and Information Service in Distance Learning, a peer-reviewed journal published by Taylor & Francis, welcomes the submission of manuscripts. The journal is devoted to the issues and concerns of librarians and information specialists involved with distance education and delivering library resources and services to this growing community of students. Topics can include but are not limited to:

• Faculty/librarian cooperation and collaboration
• Information literacy
• Instructional service techniques
• Information delivery
• Reference services
• Document delivery
• Developing collections

If you are interested in submitting an article, this journal uses ScholarOne Manuscripts to peer review manuscript submissions. Please read the Guide for ScholarOne Authors at http://journalauthors.tandf.co.uk/submission/ScholarOne.asp before making a submission. Complete guidelines for preparing and submitting your manuscript to this journal are provided at http://www.informaworld.com/openurl?genre=journal&issn=1533-290X. WLIS receives all manuscript submissions electronically via their ScholarOne Manuscripts website located at: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/WLIS. ScholarOne Manuscripts allows for rapid submission of original and revised manuscripts, as well as facilitating the review process and internal communication between authors, editors and reviewers via a web-based platform. ScholarOne Manuscripts technical support can be accessed via http://scholarone.com/services/support/.

Inquiries and questions are welcome and can be sent directly to the editor, Jodi Poe, at jpoe@jsu.edu.

Please note: We accept manuscript submissions through the year; however, the deadline to have your article appear in our next issue, if accepted, is May 1, 2015. Accepted and approved manuscripts received after this date have no guarantee of being included in the next published issue.

The Reading Room: a New Peer-Reviewed Open Access Journal

The Reading Room: A Journal of Special Collections, a new open-access journal is currently seeking peer-reviewers.

The Reading Room is a scholarly journal committed to providing current research and relevant discussion of practices in a special collections library setting. The Reading Room will publish peer-reviewed articles from practitioners and students involved with special collections in museums, historical societies, corporate environments, galleries, public libraries, and academic libraries. The journal features single-blind, peer-reviewed research articles and case studies related to all aspects of current special collections work, including, but not limited to exhibits, outreach, mentoring, donor relations, teaching, reference, technical and metadata skills, social media, “Lone Arrangers”, management and digital humanities.

If you’d like to sign up to be a peer-reviewer, or have any questions on the process, please email The Reading Room.

For more information, please visit the journal’s website.

Praeger Publishing Seeking Authors

Praeger Publishing is currently seeking authors for
books on American history and contemporary American politics,
economics, society, and popular culture. We seek both authors
for book ideas we have developed internally and authors with
their own ideas for books.

Praeger publishes books with broad public and academic appeal rather than monographs on narrow subjects.

Interested scholars should contact acquisitions editor James Ciment:

Dr. James Ciment
Praeger Publishing
130 Cremona Drive
Santa Barbara CA 93117
Announcement ID: 218746