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How the New York Public Library digitizes its vast map collection

“While much of the city’s mapping community is focused on creating something new, a great deal of energy also goes into recovering maps that are quite old. The New York Public Library, the spiritual heart of the city’s mapmaking community, is gradually putting online its vast collection of 435,000 maps. This past January, it received a $380,000 grant from the Knight Foundation to digitize using a software program it calls “Building Inspector.” The project involves more than 1,000 volunteers manually inputting information contained on old maps that computers can’t easily handle, such as street addresses and building footprints. It’s arduous work—only 33,000 of the library’s maps have been digitized—but so far the volunteer army has completed 1.2 million tasks and helps the library to bring old maps online much faster than it could otherwise.” (via Crains)

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How the NY Public Library Crowdsources Digital Innovation

“Like most public institutions, the New York Public Library is chronically underfunded. However, shoestring staffing has not slowed the breakneck pace at which NYPL Labs releases new digital projects. NYPL Labs offers a model for public institutions around the country: Trust your patrons. Thanks to shrewd application of crowdsourcing initiatives, NYPL Labs has produced innovative online projects ranging from maps to menus.” (via PC Magazine)

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The New New York Public Library

“This is our moment!” said Tony Marx, the President and CEO of the New York Public Library (NYPL), as he was winding his comments about the present and future of libraries up to a crescendo: “Libraries are the central institution of civil society with the largest reach for everyone.” He continued with his carpe diem challenge that now is the time to work in a bigger way than ever before to scale up his library’s reach and to both preserve its long-held traditions and transform its offerings to suit the 21st century.” (via The Atlantic)

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The New York Public Library Wars

“Scholars who use the New York Public Library are boiling with frustration. It wasn’t supposed to be this way. In 2014 the library, under pressure from a coalition that included four senior scholars, abandoned its controversial Central Library Plan, which entailed gutting the stacks at the 42nd Street Library and selling the popular Mid-Manhattan Library across the street. But the situation hasn’t turned out how many critics had hoped.” (Via Chronicle)

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New York Public Library CTO Aboyoun on cloud, storage, future of the library

“Jane Aboyoun, CTO of the New York Public Library, is in the middle of a cultural transformation of an institution that’s increasingly thinking cloud first. The New York Public Library (NYPL) has 92 locations throughout the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan, 12,000 devices and a staff of 85 IT professionals. Aboyoun sees a bright future for libraries, but one that’ll be different than the previous role. The future library will be more of a community hub that’ll connect its customers by and to technology.” (via zdnet)

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Queens, Brooklyn and New York public libraries rally to restore $65 million in funding cuts

The city’s three library systems banded together Monday and called on Mayor de Blasio to restore $65 million in funding cuts that have chipped away at services over the last eight years. The Queens, Brooklyn and New York public libraries held a day of rallies, letter-writing campaigns and other activities in facilities across all five boroughs. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who heads the committee that oversees libraries, said the city has the money to boost services.” (via Daily News)

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Denying New York Libraries the Fuel They Need

“The city’s libraries — the fusty old buildings, and a few spiffier modern ones, planted in all five boroughs — had 37 million visitors in the last fiscal year, said Angela Montefinise, a spokeswoman for the New York Public Library, which runs branches and research centers in Manhattan and the Bronx and on Staten Island. The Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Library have their own extensive systems. So the city’s libraries have more users than major professional sports, performing arts, museums, gardens and zoos — combined.” (via NYTimes.com)

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New York Public Library expands Wi-Fi lending

“The New York Public Library is a hot spot for free Wi-Fi. The library on Thursday said it was expanding its free broadband program, which loans low-income families hot spot devices so they can access the Internet from home. “The goal is to provide more Internet access to those that don’t have it,” said City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. She attended the expansion announcement at a library in Mott Haven in the Bronx alongside an official from Google and NYPL president Tony Marx.” (via NY Daily News)

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New York Libraries, Citing Dire Need for Renovation, Seek $1.4 Billion From City

“The Hunts Point Library in the South Bronx uses only two of the three floors in its Italian Renaissance building, which was built in 1929 with money from the industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie. The quarters are so cramped that adult classes in English and computer skills spill over into the children’s area. The top floor — built as a custodian’s living quarters — stays empty because there is no money to repurpose it into what the library needs now: a career and education center. So library patrons like Norma Delgado have to make do with less. “I would love it if the library got more space, because I would take classes Monday to Friday,” said Ms. Delgado, 57, an unemployed home health aide from Ecuador who takes English classes twice a week to improve her chances of finding a job.” (via NYTimes.com)

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New York Public Library’s Renovation Plans Advance

“The New York Public Library is moving ahead with a revamped plan to renovate its flagship Beaux-Arts building on Fifth Avenue and the shopworn circulating library across the street. A formal request for proposals is expected to go out this week to eight architectural firms under consideration to lead the $300 million project, which library officials say will expand public access at the system’s two most heavily used facilities.” (via WSJ)

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