This week the New York Times ran an article “Ask about the New York Public Library”. It gives NY Times readers a chance to ask Paul LeClerc, President and CEO of NYPL whatever they want. Well, needless to say, the comments have blown up. In NYC libraryland and probably all over the place, this article is the talk of the town.
I’ve taken all of the comments from this article and removed names, numbers, the terms “NYPL”, “library”, “libraries”, and “public” and used Wordle to create a cloud of the most popular words written in by NY Times commenters. What better way to determine the public perception and their issues with the public library? Well, reading the comments and thinking about them is pretty important, but this offers another way to think about it. Readers of the NY Times, fans and critics alike of the NYPL: in your own words, here are your issues. Enjoy.