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New York Public Library and Macmillan To Launch a Publishing Partnership

“The New York Public Library and Macmillan Publishers have announced a new agreement to create and publish a wide variety of print and e-books for adults and for children drawing from and inspired by the Library’s world-renowned collections of rare books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, artifacts, and more. The bulk of these collections – spanning centuries and representing iconic writers, scholars, performance artists, government and civic leaders, artists, and more – are housed in the Library’s historic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in Harlem, the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, and the Science, Industry and Business Library.” (via The New York Public Library)

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How Employees Shaped Strategy at the New York Public Library

“The New York Public Library is one of the largest public libraries in the world, with 18 million visitors yearly, a budget of nearly $300m, and 93 branches. It serves vastly diverse populations: toddlers and caregivers, new immigrants, lifelong learners, famous novelists, and scholars. Although based in New York City, it serves a global audience of researchers and tourists. Library leaders knew that given the immense changes brought on by digital innovations, as well as shifts in the communities that the communities that the Library served, it would need to evolve. How to transform such a huge, iconic institution, wrapped in history, into a nimble player? How to provide hyper-local services tailored to the diverse needs of its patrons while also upholding a consistent and high standard of service?” (via Harvard Business Review)

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Below Bryant Park, a Bunker and a Train Line, Just for Books

“This time of year, Bryant Park is flooded with holiday shoppers strolling amid the vending booths and skaters gliding on the ice rink.Few, if any, might have any inkling that just below them lies a world-class repository of research materials in a concrete-encased, climate-controlled book vault. And a little red railroad.The recently opened book bunker with 55,600 square feet of space extends west from the main branch of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue. That little red railroad winds from this underground bunker up through the cavernous building” (via The New York Times)

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Inside the New York Public Library’s Last, Secret Apartments

“There used to be parties in the apartments on the top floors of New York City’s branch libraries. On other nights, when the libraries were closed, the kids who lived there might sit reading alone among the books or roll around on the wooden library carts—if they weren’t dusting the shelves or shoveling coal. Their hopscotch courts were on the roof. A cat might sneak down the stairs to investigate the library patrons.” (via Atlas Obscura)

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New York Public Library Digitizes 137 Years of New York City Directories

“New York Public Library is digitizing its collection of New York City Directories, 1786 through 1922/3, serving them free through the NYPL Digital Collections portal. The first batch—1849/50 through 1923—have already been scanned, and the 1786–1848/9 directories are right now being scanned. The whole collection will be going online over the coming months. Staff at NYPL are currently teaching computers to read the wobbly typeset, to interpret the strange abbreviations, and the occasionally slightly less than geometric layout of the directories to make the old print text machine readable. The goal is to make the directories text searchable in powerful new ways, in order to build datasets that will inform research in New York City history, genealogy, and beyond. More technical posts on this work will follow.”(via The New York Public Library)

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