November 26, 2020

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.

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“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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About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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