BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY EXPANDS DATABASE COLLECTION

January 27, 2005
BROOKLYN PUBLIC LIBRARY EXAPANDS DATABASE COLLECTION
New Research Databases Added to Inventory

Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) has expanded their collection of electronic research databases now available on-line at brooklynpubliclibrary.org. The expansion is part of BPL's overall effort to use technology to serve more people in more ways than ever before.

The addition of six new databases is made possible by the New York State Library's New York Online Virtual Electronic Library (NOVEL), an electronic database access project that enables New York libraries to give their communities online access to the full text of hundreds of journals, newspapers and other reference materials.

Through NOVEL, BPL is adding six new research databases to its collection, available free of charge to library cardholders. The databases cover a range of topics such as health, business and literature. BPL's diverse collection of online resources now totals some 71 databases, including several multilingual sites.

"We're very happy to be able to provide library users with access to these new databases," said Ginnie Cooper, Executive Director of BPL. "One of our primary goals is to allow people to make more use of the library in more ways than ever. Using technology in creative ways will help us meet that goal," she added.

The new databases include: Health Reference Center Academic (1980-2005); Business and Company Resource Center; The Twayne Author Series – Twayne World, English and US Authors; Informe; Custom Newspapers; and National Newspaper Index (1977-2005).

BPL has implemented a number of technology-based library improvements recently, including the ABC card, a multi-function library and debit card; a wireless technology pilot program; and technology upgrade of BPL's hardware and software.

To visit BPL's online electronic resources databases, visit: brooklynpubliclibrary.org
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Brooklyn Public Library is an independent New York City library system serving the borough of Brooklyn. It is the fifth largest in the United States. Its Central Library, Business Library, and 58 neighborhood libraries offer free information, programs and computer access to people of all ages. You can reach the Library's resources of over 70 reference databases, catalog information and news 24 hours a day at www.bklynlibrary.org