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README: Digital News from The New York Public Library

“We are excited to share the first issue of README, a new e-newsletter covering digital happenings from around The New York Public Library” (via NYPL)

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An Amphitheater. A Laptop Bar. It’s a New York Library Like No Other.

“More a theater for learning than a citadel of research, the new 53rd Street Library offers one surprise after the next as it unfolds below the sidewalks of New York. Monday is opening day. The 53rd Street Library is the long-awaited, long-delayed replacement for the Donnell Library Center, a beloved and heavily used branch of the New York Public Library system. Donnell was also that increasingly precious thing: a free civic amenity in one of the poshest areas of Manhattan.” (via NY Times)

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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Acquires Collection of Cellist, Composer, and Producer Arthur Russell

“The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center has acquired the archives of visionary American composer, cellist and producer Arthur Russell. Amounting to more than 166 linear feet, the Arthur Russell Archive is a collection of manuscripts, documents, ephemera, and sound recordings representing Russell’s lifework in music. It contains thousands of pages of handwritten compositions, lyrics and song ideas, detailed project notes, graphic art, performance documentation, rare and unique vinyl LPs, and a trove of more than 1000 studio masters, alternate mixes and Russell’s personal audio cassette listening copies of works from his genre-defying oeuvre.” (via The New York Public Library)

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The New York Public Library Digitizes Centuries-Old Hebrew Manuscripts

“The New York Public Library’s Dorot Jewish Division has digitized 11 Hebrew manuscripts and two early printed books. The documents — which span over 400 years from the late medieval period to early modern history — cover Kaballah, literature and playwriting, science and medicine, and philosophical and astrological commentary.More than 2,000 digitized pages chronicle early Jewish scholarship and are now available on NYPL’s Digital Collections website.” (via The New York Public Library)

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NY PUBLIC LIBRARY INSTALLS RECREATION OF CENTURY-OLD MURAL

“The New York Public Library has infused its catalog room with a bright mural of the sky. It’s a recreation of the ceiling painting that was created for the space 105 years ago.The library commissioned the Manhattan firm EverGreene Architectural Arts to replicate the work and repair, secure and conserve all the decorative elements that surround it.” (via Associated Press)

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The Moth and The New York Public Library Team Up for Collaborative Audio Transcription Project, Together We Listen

“The New York Public Library (NYPL) and The Moth — both curators of rich and dynamic personal storytelling archives — today are launching Together We Listen, a joint project designed to make personal storytelling archives more accessible online.Today, thousands of libraries and public media organizations publish large digital audio collections online. Most of these, however, lack transcripts or basic metadata, rendering them invisible to search engines and inaccessible to prospective users — particularly for those who are deaf or hard of hearing. To address these challenges, NYPL and The Moth were awarded a Knight Foundation Prototype grant in late 2015 to explore the intersection of automated transcription technologies and crowdsourced editing.” (via The New York Public Library)

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The New York Public Library Appoints Tony Ageh Chief Digital Officer

“The New York Public Library has named Tony Ageh Chief Digital Officer, responsible for the institution’s ongoing digital transformation and its visionary work in making its collections and services as accessible as possible. He is scheduled to start on April 11.” (via The New York Public Library)

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Restoring a Home for Scholars at the New York Public Library

“Fifty feet in the air at the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue, and in an industrial-grade painting studio near Hudson Yards, artists, artisans and engineers are bringing a long scholarly diaspora nearly to an end. The main reading room of the library’s main building — arguably the hub of humanities research in New York, and no small tourist attraction in its Gilded Age majesty — has been closed since May 2014, when a plaster rosette 16 inches in diameter dropped from the ornate ceiling.” (via

Source: The New York Times)

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The Unruly Pleasures of the Mid-Manhattan Library

“The Mid-Manhattan branch of the New York Public Library is situated a block south of the majestic main branch, on the same strip of Fifth Avenue near Bryant Park, but the two buildings are night and day. The Stephen A. Schwarzman Building is an imposing marble temple, a shrine to scholarship replete with tributes to the Astors, a Sistine Chapel-like reading room, experts in every conceivable field of study, and, during the holidays, a towering Christmas tree for tourists to pose in front of. (via The New Yorker)

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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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