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Free for All: NYPL Enhances Public Domain Collections For Sharing and Reuse

“Today we are proud to announce that out-of-copyright materials in NYPL Digital Collections are now available as high-resolution downloads. No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse! The release of more than 180,000 digitized items represents both a simplification and an enhancement of digital access to a trove of unique and rare materials: a removal of administration fees and processes from public domain content, and also improvements to interfaces — popular and technical — to the digital assets themselves. Online users of the NYPL Digital Collections website will find more prominent download links and filters highlighting restriction-free content; while more technically inclined users will also benefit from updates to the Digital Collections API enabling bulk use and analysis, as well as data exports and utilities posted to NYPL’s GitHub account. These changes are intended to facilitate sharing, research and reuse by scholars, artists, educators, technologists, publishers, and Internet users of all kinds. All subsequently digitized public domain collections will be made available in the same way, joining a growing repository of open materials.” (via The New York Public Library)

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The New York Public Library to Unveil Renovation Plans For the Schomburg Center at a Ceremonial Groundbreaking

“The New York Public Library will today unveil plans for a $22 million renovation of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, one of the world’s leading research and cultural institutions devoted to the black experience. A ceremonial groundbreaking for the project will be held at 10 a.m. at the Center, a vital part of The New York Public Library that has for 90 years collected, preserved and provided access to one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of materials documenting black life.” (via NYPL)

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A Slippery Number: How Many Books Can Fit in the New York Public Library?

“As New York mysteries go, it hardly competes with “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” or “How many pigeons live in the five boroughs?” But for devotees of the New York Public Library, the question of how many books can be stored in the majestic central stacks on Fifth Avenue is far from academic. They say it goes to the heart of the library’s mission to keep as many research books as possible within arm’s reach of scholars.” (via NYT)

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New York Public Library Acquires Archive of The New York Review of Books

The archive of The New York Review of Books has been sold to the New York Public Library, which praised the material in an announcement as providing “unique evidence of intellectual life in the United States in the second half of the 20th century.” The archive, which totals some 3,000 linear feet of material, includes extensive correspondence between the editors Robert Silvers and Barbara Epstein, who founded the magazine in 1963. It also includes correspondence between them and a roster of contributors including Susan Sontag, Oliver Sacks, Robert Lowell, Mary McCarthy and Noam Chomsky. The library did not disclose the cost of the purchase, which it said would be covered by a private donation.” (via NYT)

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Beneath New York Public Library, Shelving Its Past for High-Tech Research Stacks

“As they skate or snack in Bryant Park, visitors might dismiss the stately New York Public Library next door as a dog-eared relic in an age of digital information. But unbeknown to most of them, 17 feet below ground, in a concrete bunker worthy of the White House, the library is expanding and updating one of the most sophisticated book storage systems in the world.” (via NY Times)

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Announcing Bookshare: A New Partnership for Accessible eBooks!

“Every New Yorker with an eligible print disability will now have access to Bookshare’s 370,000 accessible e-books— bestsellers, literature, non-fiction, educational texts, career guides, and more—for free with their New York Public Library card or Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library membership.” (via NYPL)

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Long Line at the Library? It’s Story Time Again

“Forty strollers were double- and triple-parked on the main floor of the Fort Washington Library in Upper Manhattan. As another one came through the door, Velda Asbury waved toward a spot beside a book stack. Officially, Ms. Asbury is a library clerk, checking books in and out. But every Wednesday she doubles as a parking attendant during one of the New York Public Library’s most popular programs: story time.” (via NYT)

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Big Shaq Goes to the Library

“There are fifty-two million items in the New York Public Library, if you count the artifacts, like pieces of Percy Bysshe Shelley’s skull and the walking stick that Virginia Woolf carried to the river’s edge. The other day, Thomas Lannon, a curator, was riffling through the collection, trying to find some objects that might interest Shaquille O’Neal, who was coming to the library that night as part of the N.Y.P.L.’s conversation series to talk about his new children’s book, “Little Shaq.” Lannon was stumped. He’d considered original Superman comics, but they’re stored off-site. “Shaquille O’Neal isn’t really a scholar,” Lannon said, as he wheeled two boxes into a makeshift greenroom. “But he does have a doctorate”—in education, and also a master’s in business. One of his many nicknames is the Big Aristotle.” (via New Yorker)

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Rare 1869 baseball card returned to New York Public Library 30 years later

“An extremely rare baseball card that went AWOL from the New York Public Library at least 30 years ago is back in the Big Apple. A member of the NYPL security team traveled to Texas last month to retrieve the 1869 card featuring the Cincinnati Red Stockings from sports memorabilia dealer Leon Luckey, who agreed to surrender the collectible he purchased in a 2000 auction for $10,000. “I think it is wonderful that he voluntarily returned the card,” chief library officer Mary Lee Kennedy said Monday during an interview at the NYPL’s Fifth Ave. branch.” (Via Daily News)

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Introducing New Navigation Across nypl.org

“This week, we’ll be unveiling a new feature across the NYPL website: redesigned navigation menus that will improve the overall organization of the site and help you find what you’re looking for more easily. This feature will help you move throughout the site with more control and understanding of where you are and discover new content in each area of nypl.org.” (via NYPL)

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