ILS provider Polaris is hoping to make the former home of the Syracuse Public Library its new headquarters, the Central New York Post-Standard reported. The 107 year old building is a former Carnegie Library adjacent to Columbus Circle in downtown Syracuse, an area surrounded by several other historic buildings, including the Onondaga County Court House and two nineteenth-century English Gothic Revival cathedrals. The move would also put the company minutes away from Syracuse University and its School of Information Studies.
It was very good news when Mary Frances Cooper, a librarian, was appointed the 11th director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh (CLP) in January. I was never totally comfortable when CLP was directed by a nonlibrarian from business, even though that great library, built by Pittsburgh steel magnate Andrew Carnegie, is symbolic of all the public/private partnerships so crucial to the public good in America.