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The New York Public Library to Begin Design of Midtown Renovations

“The New York Public Library will begin its Midtown renovation, and as a first step will begin designing the renovation of its central circulating branch, the Mid-Manhattan Library. Following a year of discussion and planning led by librarians and informed by expert and public feedback, the Library has selected Dutch architecture firm Mecanoo to lead the Midtown renovation. Led by founding partner and creative director Francine Houben, Mecanoo has designed award-winning libraries and public buildings around the world, and is renowned for its humanistic, accessible designs. The architect of record will be the New York City firm of Beyer Blinder Belle, whose award-winning renovations of historic buildings include Grand Central Terminal, Ellis Island, and New York City Hall.” (via NYPL)

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The New York Public Library to Increase Staff, Hours, and Sunday Service Following Historic Investment by New York City

“The New York Public Library announced today that it is dramatically increasing hours – including Sunday service at four additional branches – and expert staff as a result of the city’s unprecedented investment in libraries. The historic $43 million increase in operating funding to the city’s three library systems in Fiscal Year 2016 will allow The New York Public Library to open four additional branches on Sunday – the Grand Concourse and Parkchester Libraries in the Bronx, and the Inwood and Jefferson Market Libraries in Manhattan. This brings the total number of New York Public Library branches open seven days a week to seven, with at least one in each borough served (all 88 NYPL branches are open six days).” (via NYPL)

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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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