It’s not all that often we see a nearly one thousand word profile of a working librarian in The New York Times but today is one of those days.
Get to know Matthew Boylan and his work as a member of the Ask N.Y.P.L virtual reference service.
From the Article:
Mr. Boylan and the eight other full-time researchers sit in a network of cubicles in the library’s Main Branch at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street and field about 300 requests a day.
“In a certain sense, the work I do begins where the Internet ends,” Mr. Boylan said. “Certain things you can’t find with Google.”
The library system’s former president, Paul LeClerc, nicknamed him “the Magician” for his ability to take on complicated questions and stumpers, and find answers in the library’s stacks, microfilm and other resources.
“I guess you could say I’m well positioned,” Mr. Boylan said. “I sit near millions of books and I have access to 650 databases above and beyond the open Internet.”
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