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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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