July 29, 2014

Borough President, New York Mayor Granted New Powers over Queens Public Library

Queens Central Library

New legislation passed by the New York state House and Senate and signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo gave the Mayor of New York and Queens Borough President new authority to appoint and eliminate members of the Queens Public Library (QPL) Board of Trustees. The new law is sponsored by Queens State Senator Michael Gianaris and Assemblyman Jeffrion Aubry and authored in part by Borough President Melinda Katz. It is widely seen as a response to the fact that calls for more oversight and transparency from the board over questions about the compensation of QPL CEO Thomas Galante and his relationship with contractors doing construction work for the library have been largely ignored by the current board.

Queens Library Tests Job Application Kiosk with Real-Time Video

Queens Library Tests Job Application Kiosk with Real-Time Video

Building on the success of its existing job search and job training programs, the Queens Library recently began testing a new touch-screen job search kiosk at its central branch in Jamaica, Queens. The kiosk is driven by Apploi, a mobile app launched in April 2013 by recruitment software and services provider Innovate CV, and is […]

NYC Kids Rally for Libraries; City Council Members Urge Full Funding

NYC Kids Rally for Libraries; City Council Members Urge Full Funding

More than a dozen New York City Council members, the presidents of New York’s three library systems, and several hundred librarians, library staff, supporters, advocates, and children from nearby schools rallied on the steps of city hall to protest $106 million in proposed funding cuts. Council members Jimmy Van Bramer and Vincent J. Gentile also pledged to introduce legislation that would create a baseline of stable funding for the city’s public library services.

NYPL, Queens Libraries Comment on Simon & Schuster Ebook Lending Deal

NYPL, Queens Libraries Comment on Simon & Schuster Ebook Lending Deal

Simon & Schuster (S&S) on Monday announced a one-year pilot program in which the publisher’s complete catalog of ebooks will be available for sale and lending at the New York Public Library (NYPL), the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL, and the Queens Library beginning April 30.

Urban Librarians Unite Plants Mini Libraries, Plans Conference

ULU mini library at Brooklyn Public Library's closed Red Hook branch

  Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) collected more than 20,000 children’s books to help replace library collections damaged by Hurricane Sandy. The library advocacy and support group, founded by 2012 LJ Mover & Shaker Christian Zabriskie, also placed Mini Libraries in front of libraries that were closed by storm damage. Locations include Queens Library branches in […]

Queens Library Helps Patrons Beat Cancer | In the Field

Community Health Day

Queens Library HealthLink (HL) is a collaboration among the library, Queens Cancer Center of Queens Hospital, the American Cancer Society, and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, which uses the public library system to increase access to cancer screening, care, and education among medically underserved communities in Queens.

NY’s Queens Library Brings In Youth Services Champion to New Post

NY’s Queens Library Brings In Youth Services Champion to New Post

If one theme runs through Tracie D. Hall’s career, it’s the passion she feels for young people and

Tracie D. Hall

ensuring they have the resources to succeed. As Queens Library’s  newest director of strategy and organizational development, she’s involved in the library’s customer service priorities—but she’ll also ensure that youth services remains a priority.

“I’m always in awe of the raw potential in young people,” says Hall, who came aboard on July 16. “Institutions can either squash that and try to [...]

New York City Libraries Forgive Fines for Patrons 17 and Under

New York City’s three library systems are forgiving late penalties for patrons 17 and under as part of the “New Chapter” program which will run until October 31. The Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Public Library, and the Queens Library launched the program today, September 22. It is designed to encourage children and teens […]

2009 Gale/LJ Library of the Year: Queens Library, The Politics of Excellence

Queens Library, NY “Let there be no mistake. Public library service is a critical service that must be preserved. People need us, and we must continue to be there for them. We will fight every day to save the Queens Library this year, so that when this economy turns around we will be well positioned […]