Brooklyn Public Libraries partnering with Netflix?

The NY Post reported that the new head of the Brooklyn Public Library System, Dionne Mack-Harvin, has engaged Netflix in talks to provide a DVD delivery service to library customers.  Wow!!  Does this mean I could cancel my $12.99/month subscription and get similar service with my library membership for free?  This is an example of the type of public-private partnership that provides a valuable service to it's citizens and may drive significant growth for the enterprise involved.  I imagine Netflix could lose a chunk of their Brooklyn customers, who would opt for the free option, but then again, the Brooklyn Public Library is the fifth largest system in the country and the increase in customers (who may be serviced at a slimmer margin) could certainly offset the loss.  One thing this would accomplish is increased awareness and interest in the library system, which would be a great first notch on the new chief's belt.

By Josh Guttman

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