Baruch College’s Newman Library Passes 10 Millionth Visitor Mark, Plans to Celebrate with Awards and Prizes

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New York, NY --On Saturday morning, February 3rd, 2007 the 10 millionth visitor walked through the turnstile at Baruch College’s Newman Library. “We are particularly proud of the 10 Millionth Visitor Count Down because it is a celebration of the how the library, as a place, plays a central role in student life at the college,” said Professor Arthur Downing, Chief Information Officer.

The lucky student who was the 10 millionth visitor will receive a $1,000 gift certificate to the Baruch College Bookstore.

A special 10 Millionth Visitor Countdown web page that is accessible from the library’s home page provides details about the events related to the celebration.  From this page students may view Library Stories, a series of videos in which students and faculty librarians share their library experiences.  A Newman Library Trivia Quiz contest tests students’ knowledge of the library and gives them a chance to qualify in a drawing for 1 of 5 the highly coveted Apple iPhones. The iPhones will be pre-configured for AirBaruch, Baruch College’s information system that allows students to search the library catalog and check on the availability of the library’s loaner laptops and group study rooms in real time from their cell phones. AirBaruch offers the first library catalog search interface designed to be used on a cell phone.

Prizes will be awarded at a special ceremony in the library atrium, Thursday, February 8th, 151 East 25th Street, at 12:45pm. “The event will celebrate the continuing importance of the physical library to our students even as they access our digital collections from home and visit our web site millions of times per month,” said Prof. Jerry Bornstein, Deputy Chief Librarian for Public Services.

The William and Anita Newman Library

The William and Anita Newman Library at Baruch College opened in 1994 after an extensive, award-winning renovation. In 2003, the library received the prestigious Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries in recognition of its services and programs. The Newman Library holds 4,500 print periodicals and 204 databases that provide remote online access to 35,000 periodicals. The library provides instructional workshops and courses so students can sharpen their research skills, including the only undergraduate minor in Information Studies offered by a library.

Contact: Prof. Jerry Bornstein, Deputy Chief Librarian for Public Services, (646) 312-1615, Jerry_Bornstein@baruch.cuny.edu