New York Public Library's Economic and Public Affairs Division Debuts Electronic Information Center

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New York Public Library's Economic and Public Affairs Division Debuts Electronic Information Center

A wealth of information has always been available to the business user in the Economic and Public Affairs Division (EPA) of The New York Public Library. Now the Division has moved into the 21st Century with the addition of a new Electronic Information Center, publicly available to serve the business person. The CD-ROM products, thousands of citations, abstracts, and statistics are now easily accessible in such fields as banking, retail, securities, public and social policy, government affairs, marketing, and demographics. Seated at one of eight work stations equipped with personal computers and printers, the researcher has direct access to hundreds of thousands of pieces of information.

Forty percent of the EPA's 91,000 users are businesspeople, a constituency which is growing. Therefore, the Electronic Information Center was created with the needs of the business user in mind.

According to John Ganly, Chief of the EPA, "The very concept of this Center is unique. There is no place in the world where such an environment exists. Many large corporations have electronic libraries containing CD-ROM products, but none to rival the Electronic Information Center in the scope of their resources."

Over the years, corporations have relied on the resources of the Economic and Public Affairs Division. It is particularly appropriate, then, that the corporate community has provided financial and advisory support to address EPA's critical needs. Those corporations which have distinguished themselves in this way include J.P. Morgan & Co. Inc., which established an endowment for ongoing operations; Salomon Inc., which gave for support of acquisitions and cataloging activity; McGraw-Hill, which provided heavily demanded economic publications, among them print and electronic versions of their Standard & Poors materials; and Irving Trust and Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts, which together underwrote the cost of the Electronic Information Center. These investments in EPA are a testimony to the Division's utility, as well as a down payment on its healthy future. …