New York Public Library Deems Print Encyclopedias 'Relevant' in Digital Age
From WNYC Radio:
As reference materials continue to move online, the New York Public Library will continue to keep print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia in all its 87 branch libraries, which are found in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island.
“We definitely think it’s relevant for certain groups of users,” said Denise Hibay, NYPL’s head of collection development.
“A group of students come into a branch after school. There are only so many computer terminals in a branch, so we want this to be available for them, as a backup,” Hibay said. “And some people still prefer the print volume.”
Some recent immigrants, low-income New Yorkers and elderly patrons also benefit from having the World Book in print, Hibay said.
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Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com. Gary is also the co-founder of infoDJ an innovation research consultancy supporting corporate product and business model teams with just-in-time fact and insight finding.