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It's New York City 2011 and Black Enterprise is Thriving

In past years, SIBL observed Black History Month with resource guides or bibliographic essays. This year, instead, I’m using this blog post and the next to spotlight a few individuals and initiatives that attest to the vibrant interest in entrepreneurship today among New Yorkers of African descent.

What inspired this shift was my attending the appreciation party that the

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That Was the Week that Was: Social Media Take-Aways and Tips

As a global event partner for Social Media Week (February 7 - 11), NYPL hosted four events that afforded me, a seasoned librarian but novice blogger, a handy immersion in social messaging—and in my own backyard, too. 

At the lively opening reception in the Stephen A Schwartzman Building's vast Celeste Bartos Forum, I raised the average age of the revelers. Circulating through the celebratory crowd, I met few folks who had, shall we say, ‘achieved my maturity.’ Mixing with millenials on this scale was ... Read More ›

SIBL 'Regular': Danielle Lanyard

Danielle Lanyard has channeled her passion for resource-sharing across the small business community into a powerful presentation, Launch Your Start Up on Your Lunch Hour, which she offers, pro bono, at SIBL each month. I caught up with her after last Friday’s session which one attendee aptly described as “Fabulous! Pure gold!”   

Danielle, you must be chuffed when you get a full house in 

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SIBL: At NYPL's Business Library, the Joint is Jumping

StartUP! orientationThe New York Public Library’s business library, SIBL, has been a hive of activity from day one. We opened in 1996 to queues snaking around the block. A recorded announcement asked the 2,000 daily visitors not to “run, push, or shove” as they poured into our entrance at 34th and Madison. 

A decade later, average daily attendance figures decreased, hovering at 1,300. Understandable. We had trained 60,000 people to search library e-resources 

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