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Elizabeth Felicella’s Tour of the New York Public Libraries

“One way to look at New York City’s branch libraries—the eighty-seven in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island that make up the New York Public Library system, and the fifty-eight and sixty-two in the Brooklyn and Queens systems, respectively—would be as two hundred and seven different places you can go to pick up or return books, and maybe read a recent newspaper or search for a job or study after school or go online. Another way you can look at them is as an extensive collection of buildings that, taken together, have a resonance along the lines of the Netherlandish drawings of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries at the Morgan Library, or of the Met’s Cézannes.” (via The New Yorker)

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The New York Public Library Announces Historic Agreement to Display Original Copy of the Bill of Rights

“Members of the public in both New York City and Pennsylvania will soon get to see The New York Public Library’s original copy of the Bill of Rights, which will be exhibited for the first time in decades. The Library and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania today announced an agreement to share display of the national treasure, which has been preserved in The New York Public Library’s collections since 1896. The document will go on public display alternately at The New York Public Library and in Pennsylvania beginning in fall 2014 (the year marks the 225th anniversary of the document being drafted and proposed by Congress).” (via The New York Public Library)

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Our New Home Page, Search-dominance, and NYPL’s Goals

“I’m truly pleased to announce the launch of NYPL’s new home page! It has more and better feature items for us to share great NYPL activities and materials with you, and a new book recommender tool that we’re really excited about. This new design–which we will continue to improve–builds off of a history of Web research, as well as a lot of recent work at NYPL suggesting we should do a better job of exposing our patrons to the full breadth of great NYPL services, programs, and other offerings. If you’re here just to share thoughts about the new home page, feel free to skip down to the comments section and tell us what you think! Otherwise, read on for more detail on how we came to this design, our goals for it, and how we’ll try to figure out whether or not we’ve succeeded.” (via The New York Public Library)

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Albor Ruiz: New York City’s public libraries need their patrons to stand up against mayoral budget cuts

“New York writer and journalist Pete Hamill once said, “For those without money, the road to that treasure house of the imagination begins at the public library.” Blocking that road would be nothing short of tragic, but Mayor Bloomberg, who does not belong to the category of “those without money,” doesn’t seem to care.” (via NY Daily News)

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NYC library to be housed in base of hi-rise

“The New York Public Library’s new Donnell Library in midtown Manhattan will be housed in a new hotel and condominium hi-rise. The $20 million design features a wall of glass at street level revealing bleacher seating. The library is slated to open in 2015, seven years Donnell closed.” (via WSJ.com)

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Discover How NYPL Preserves its Collections and Be Inspired to Preserve Your Own!

“The American Library Association National Preservation Week is taking place between April 21–27, 2013. As part of this annual effort, NYPL is joining institutions across the country in highlighting the work of its own program as well as helping to inform the public about how to care for personal collections.” (via The New York Public Library)

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Riverdale, Bronx, Library’s New Statues Are Awaiting Names

“There was no grand entrance at this library, no sweeping staircase to preside over, and certainly no tourists to pose with for photos. Maybe that’s why this pair of stone lions was sleeping on the job. The Bronx cousins to that grand pair on Fifth Avenue, Patience and Fortitude, could use a few pointers in looking lionly. The lions, each weighing about 900 pounds, sprawled lazily on stone pedestals in the late afternoon sun on Wednesday, their eyelids closed to the busy stream of children and stroller-pushing mothers passing between them every few minutes to go in and out of the New York Public Library branch in Riverdale.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Announcing the NYPL Digital Collections API

“The New York Public Library is pleased to announce the release of its Digital Collections API (application programming interface). This tool allows software developers both in and outside of the library to write programs that search our digital collections, process the descriptions of each object, and find links to the relevant pages on the NYPL Digital Gallery. We are very excited to see what the brilliant developers who use our digital library will create. In the following post, Digital Curator for the Performing Arts, Doug Reside, reflects on the importance of APIs in our age of digital information.” (via The New York Public Library)

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Mary Lee Kennedy Appointed as Chief Library Officer at NYPL

“New York Public Library President Tony Marx has appointed Mary Lee Kennedy to a newly-created position, Chief Library Officer. Tasked to accelerate the Library’s digital initiatives and further strengthen through cooperation both the research and circulating divisions of the Library, Kennedy is a nationally respected leader in the library community. “Building on the tradition of 100 years of service to New Yorkers and researchers from around the world, The New York Public Library is keenly aware of this moment of transformation in the universe of information,” said NYPL President Tony Marx. “With Mary Lee we will be able to embrace this opportunity, as she has the perfect combination of digital intelligence, appreciation of the history and role of libraries in civic society, and thoughtful leadership.” (via NYPL)

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“The Digital Data Backbone for the Study of Historical Places”: An Interview with Matt Knutzen of the New York Public Library

“The South By Southwest 2013 conference is coming up quickly and we’re getting excited for the numerous library/archive and museum activities that will be happening (look for an update on this year’s activities soon). One thing we know is happening is the panel we’re moderating on Why Digital Maps Can Reboot Cultural History.  Matthew A. Knutzen, the Geospatial Librarian in the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division at the New York Public Library, will be part of the panel and we couldn’t be happier. In this installment of our Insights interview series, we’re excited to chat with Matt about the work of the Map Division and their innovative approach to developing and utilizing digital geospatial tools and technologies.”

via The Signal: Digital Preservation.

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