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September 13, 2016

(New York Public Library) Open eBooks users will now be able to log in using Clever, a secure educational login platform, making it even easier for educators to help children take advantage of this program, and increase access to a wider network of students. Nearly 25,000 schools currently using Clever are eligible for Open eBooks, which is available to formal and informal educators serving children in need. Clever will also make it possible for any district to sign up for its services at no cost in order to use Open eBooks.

July 21, 2016

(New York Public Library) The New York Public Library just released SimplyE, a new app that gives NYPL cardholders the ability to browse, borrow, and read more than 300,000 e-books from the Library’s collections in just a few easy steps.

February 3, 2015

(New York Public Library) The Claremont Colleges Library, which serves five undergraduate liberal arts colleges, two graduate institutions and the Claremont University Consortium in Southern California, has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system.

March 24, 2014

(New York Public Library) The New York Public Library launched a state-of-the-art book recommendation tool in its online catalog, BiblioCommons, to help Library users discover new books based on their reading preferences. Powered by Bookish Recommends from New York startup Zola Books, the online program connects people to a broader selection of the library’s vast collection by offering relevant book suggestions.

June 21, 2012

(New York Public Library) Penguin Group (USA), The New York Public Library, and 3M announced a pilot project that will make Penguin eBooks available to patrons of both The New York Public Library and the Brooklyn Public Library. The pilot program will begin in August and, if successful, could be rolled out across the US. Under the initial phase of the pilot, eBooks will be made available to libraries for one-year with renewable terms. Library patrons will be able to access eBooks remotely utilizing public-library compatible reading devices. Titles will be available for lending six months after initial publication.

March 6, 2012

(New York Public Library) The New York Public Library has named Ann Thornton its Andrew W. Mellon Director of the New York Public Libraries, responsible for collection development, preservation, reference and research services, and exhibitions at four world-renowned Research Libraries and 87 Branch Libraries.

June 20, 2011

(New York Public Library) The New York Public Library has partnered with Toronto-based software company Bibliocommons to completely transform its current online catalog, making it easier to discover the Library’s vast collections while also giving users the power to create reading lists, rate the latest books, and organize groups.

May 18, 2011

(New York Public Library) The New York Public Library and the libraries of Columbia University and New York University—three renowned research institutions all on the island of Manhattan—have launched an initiative to expand collections and better serve their users.

December 14, 2004

(New York Public Library) NYPL is partnering with Google in a pilot program that will make a subset of its books available in full text on the web. NYPL is working with Google to offer a collection of its public domain books, which will be scanned in their entirety and made available for free to the public online. Users will be able to search and browse the full text of these works. When the scanning process is complete, the books may be accessed from both The NYPL website and from Google.

November 14, 1995

(New York Public Library) The New York Public Library inaugurated LEO (Library Entrance Online), the world's largest public library information system and network. LEO, named with reference to the famed marble lions which have long symbolized NYPL, is a new technologically advanced, fully integrated online system that links users in every branch to the Library's catalogs, to a vast collection of databases, and even to the World Wide Web on the Internet. The value of the project was $9 million and is based on Dynix from Ameritech Library Services.

October 23, 1995

(New York Public Library) The New York Public Library announced a generous grant of $1 million from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to launch a major effort to improve and expand public access to the collections of The Research Libraries through electronic information technologies. Funds from this grant will enable the Library not only to expand the services and information available in its research and branch libraries, but also to provide worldwide electronic access to its bibliographic catalogs through online networks.

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