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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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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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