A Shot Across the Bow

June 28, 2013

Today’s Kellner hearing on library funding brought out dozens of critics and one defender of the Central Library Plan–none other than Tony Marx, the NYPL’s battered president.

Marx offered more lies and excuses for why the NYPL continues with its hair-brained scheme to destroy two branch libraries and remove the books in one of the world’s greatest research libraries in the name of modernization.

Tomorrow’s NYT will have a report by Robin Pogrebin, perhaps with only Marx’s remarks. Let us hope that someone notices and checks the public record for what the critics said.

Video of NYPL Forum

May 30, 2012

For those interested in seeing last week’s panel discussion on the future of the New York Public Library, check out the video on their website. I think you’ll find in illuminating as I did.

Last Tuesday’s forum on the fate of the New York Public Library’s 42nd street flagship turned out to be quite different than I or anyone else expected. For one thing, Anthony Marx and Robert Darnton attended the event (after turning down an earlier invitation). For another, both engaged in a frank and fruitful discussion with critics of the Central Library Plan, including Joan Scott, Charles Petersen, Eric Banks, David Nasaw, and me. Robin Pogrebin covered the event for the Times, and there has been interesting press coverage in other venues. I am hopeful that the dialogue will continue, and that Mr. Marx will make good on his offer to rethink this very shortsighted plan and come up with an alternative that leaves the stacks alone.