Magazine article Computers in Libraries

NYPL Opens Science, Industry and Business Branch

Magazine article Computers in Libraries

NYPL Opens Science, Industry and Business Branch

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If you're in New York City for the July ALA conference, I recommend a field trip to Madison Avenue at 34th Street to meet SIBL, the New York Public Library's brand new Science, Industry, and Business Library. I attended the dedication ceremonies on April 24 and was impressed.

A $100 million project, SIBL opened its doors May 2. It brings under one interesting roof - that of the landmark Italian palazzo-style B. Altman Building, former home of the B. Altman Department Store - the holdings from NYPL's Central Research Library and Mid-Manhattan Library. SIBL now houses 1.2 million volumes, 110,000 periodical titles, patents, and microforms; a circulating collection of 50,000 books; and an open-shelf collection of 60,000 volumes.

It also houses a rich array of technology to connect users to its internal resources, to electronic information sources online and on CD-ROM, to the Internet, and to other libraries and institutions around the world. As a sampling, SIBL's four-page listing of CD-ROM and online services includes ABI/Inform, American Business Disc, Dun's Small Business Sourcing File, INSPEC, NEXIS, Standard A Poor's Corporations, and Worldscope Disclosure. There are 70 workstations in the Electronic Information Center through which users gain access to these resources.

The OPAC is accessible from another 50 terminals. Readers at any of 500 additional seats have the option of plugging in their laptop computers to connect to the OPAC and to NYPL's Web site.

It's all quite friendly, even for the electronic information novice the library hopes to entice. Information kiosks are planted here and there to give you guidance. Let's say you're a fledgling entrepreneur, or you run a small business but don't command the money or expertise to support constant use of pricey business information databases. …

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