January 23, 2022

Online Education: New York Public Library Announces Partnership With Coursera

NYPL is the first public library in the U.S. to become part of the Coursera Learning Hubs program.

From NYPL:

The New York Public Library (NYPL) announced today a partnership with Coursera to support their curriculum of online courses through their Learning Hubs program. Several branches will provide users with weekly in-person class discussions with trained facilitators, in addition to internet and wi-fi access. The partnership builds on the Library’s strong community role in providing learning options for New Yorkers.

“Online courses can be a boon to increasing learning, especially when students engage with each other, keep each other focused, and have access to advice and further options for study,” said NYPL President Tony Marx.. The Library is proud to be joining this experiment by providing Coursera students with a place to gather, support each other and delve into the library for more information to help them persist and learn.”


Starting this summer the Library will begin offering the free discussion classes in conjunction with several popular Coursera courses at locations in the Bronx and Manhattan.


“Over the past 6 months, Learning Hubs have introduced a collaborative learning paradigm to students in 30 countries across 5 continents. We’re delighted to welcome eight new organizations into our growing network, including the prestigious New York Public Library System,” said Lila Ibrahim, Chief Business Officer at Coursera. “Learning Hubs empower organizations across the globe to offer students quality online education enhanced with local support and mentorship, be it a refugee camp in Kenya, a US embassy in Seoul or a public library in the Bronx.”

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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.