BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY AND XEROX TO CELEBRATE THE SUCCESS OF THE ABC SOLUTION @ BPL

March 22, 2005

BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY AND XEROX TO CELEBRATE THE SUCCESS OF THE "ABC SOLUTION @ BPL"

BPL's new "ABC"(Access Brooklyn Card) library card is part of a state-of-the-art printing and PC reservation system that allows BPL users to reserve computers, print pages, check out books, pay library fees and more!

WHAT:
BPL and Xerox will celebrate the success of the "ABC Solution @ BPL." Officials will explain and demonstrate the "ABC" system to reporters, local children and other guests.

WHO:
Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director, BPL
Anne Mulcahy, Chairman and CEO, Xerox

WHEN:
Thursday, March 24, 11 am

WHERE:
Central Library, Grand Army Plaza, Ground Floor, Youth Wing
Reception with light refreshments follows on third floor.

BACKGROUND:
In 2004, BPL teamed up with Xerox to launch an automated computer reservation and print system, featuring the Access Brooklyn Card (ABC), a new multi-function library and debit card that uses the latest technology to make it easier for customers to connect with BPL’s 60 libraries and extensive online resources. The new system has greatly improved the way BPL does business, allowing library staff to spend more time directly assisting library users. From the kiosks, users can swipe their ABC cards to reserve books and computer time, to check account balances, add funds, or review a list of library materials they may currently have checked out to ensure timely returns and renewals. In September, 2004 Brooklyn Public Library was awarded the Excellence in Technology Award for Best Application Serving the Public by the City of New York.

Contact
Marketing & Communications
Brooklyn Public Library
718.230.2767
mediainfo@bklynlibrary.org

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