1. How Fox Turned the New York Public Library Into 'Gotham' for a Night →

    Dear Fox, where was Library Journal's invitation?

  2. CPL, NYPL WiFi Hotspot Lending Programs Funded by Knight Foundation Grants - The Digital Shift →

  3. nypl:

Now through July 3, The New York Public Library is displaying a rare historic copy of the Declaration of Independence — written in Thomas Jefferson’s hand. Start your July 4 festivities early and visit our beautiful Bartos Forum, where you can see a piece of American history first-hand.

    nypl:

    Now through July 3, The New York Public Library is displaying a rare historic copy of the Declaration of Independence — written in Thomas Jefferson’s hand. Start your July 4 festivities early and visit our beautiful Bartos Forum, where you can see a piece of American history first-hand.

  4. NYPL: Why We’re Changing the Central Library Plan | Opinion →

  5. Public Library Abandons Plan to Revamp 42nd Street Building →

    Big news from 42nd Street.

  6. N.Y. Public Library Plans Face-to-Face ‘Classes’ for MOOC Students – Wired Campus - Blogs - The Chronicle of Higher Education →

    In a pilot program with Coursera, the New York Public Library plans to organize meet-ups at which people taking massive open online courses can gather and discuss the courses with help from “trained facilitators.”

    The partnership is part the MOOC company’s effort to build an infrastructure for in-person learning around its free online courses. Research has suggested that MOOC students who receive offline help earn higher scores on their assessments.

  7. Methinks Coldplay’s scavenger hunt has moved to the New York Public Library.

  8. Lotte Fields lived a modest life in New York City, but one of her great joys was spending the weekend reading with her husband," said Irwin Cantor, executor of her will. "Her donation shows just how much Lotte loved books and how important she felt it was to support her fellow book lovers.

    — 

    New York Public Library left $6m by devoted reader

    (via bibliomancienne)

  9. humansofnewyork:

"You want to photograph me eating chicken?""Yep.""Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message.""What’s that?""I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."

    humansofnewyork:

    "You want to photograph me eating chicken?"
    "Yep."
    "Well, if I let you, I need you to help me deliver a message."
    "What’s that?"
    "I work at this library. And before that, I was coming here for twenty years. It’s my favorite place in the world. As many people know, the main reading room of this library is supported by seven floors of books, which contain one of the greatest research collections in the world. Recently, the library administration has decided to rip out this collection, send the books to New Jersey, and use the space for a lending library. As part of the consolidation, they are going to close down the Mid-Manhattan Library Branch as well as the Science, Industry, and Business Library. When everything is finished, one of the greatest research libraries in the world will become a glorified internet cafe. Now read that back to me."

  10. Six Libraries Exceed a Million Digital Checkouts This Year: OverDrive - GalleyCat →

    The libraries to make OverDrive’s ”Million Digital Checkouts Club” this year include: King County Library System in Washington, which recorded 1.6 million downloads up 25% over 2012;Toronto Public Library, which had 1.5 million digital downloads this year, up 68% over last year; New York Public Library which had 1.2 million digital downloads up 16% from 2012;  Hennepin County Library in Minnesota had 1 million digital downloads in 2013, a 41% increase from 2012; Cleveland Public Library in Ohio, which marked 1 million digital downloads this year,  a 32% increase over 2012; and the  Seattle Public Library which had a million downloads, representing a 22% increase over 2012.

  11. An Oyster, Filled With Books, to Open on Staten Island →

    Mariners Harbor Library, the first newly established branch since the opening of the Battery Park City Library in March 2010, is a bright building that sets a hopeful tone.

  12. NYPL Unveils 100 Top Children’s Books of the Last 100 Years →

    The New York Public Library (NYPL) today unveiled its first-ever list of the top 100 kids books of the last 100 years, curated by librarians, called “100 Great Children’s Books.” Marking the occasion, acclaimed children’s book creators Judy Blume and Eric Carle (who both appear on the list) participated in a panel discussion at the library’s Trustees Room and read from their popular works.

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    Tumblarians, time to demonstrate your book display skills!

    (Source: addtoany.com)

  13. Snapshots from NYPL →

    We decided to offer patrons preselected options for what brings them to the Library—borrowing, exploring, learning, reading, researching, studying, visiting, writing—and where they are from—Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, Staten Island, outside the New York region. By providing these options, it is quick and easy to participate and it should allow us to easily aggregate the data the way we would with traditional survey methodology. The photographs are sent to the email address provided to us and we hope our patrons will share the image, their library moment, with friends and family.

    Smile, you’re at the library! So the geniuses at NYPL have done it again! They have installed photo booths in two of their libraries and have invited the public to photograph themselves and share how they use the library. Check out all the images at the new NYPL Photo Booth account on Flickr.

    In the few weeks since installing the booths, we’ve gotten more than 1,900 photographs that represent a fascinating portrait of our patrons, from light-hearted to serious-minded individuals, couples, and families.

  14. The library is peculiar in that it has no identifiable constituency other than all of New York, and the world.

    — 

    Neil L. Rudenstine, chairman of the Board of Trustees, New York Public Library, from “Firestorm on Fifth” in December Vanity Fair.

    I read the article en route to London last night while my neighbor on the left hogged the armrest. It’s heavy on rehash and tries a little too hard to kindle scandale when things seem to have calmed down.

    (via cloudunbound)

  15. livefromthenypl:

Davis came to LIVE in October of 2010 for one of our biggest landmark events to talk with Toni Morrison about the importance of libraries.
ANGELA DAVIS: I was in jail in New York—I don’t know, did you mention that I was in jail? Some people don’t know. And one of the first places I went, I was able to go, in the jail was the library, and I didn’t see very many interesting books there, all right? I mean, I had just finished my studies in philosophy, and I went to the library expecting something very different, so what I did was I had people send books to me when I was there, and I wanted to share those books with all of the other women, there was something like a thousand women there. I was not allowed to do that. As a matter of fact, in the library there was a big cardboard box.
I could receive the books and I could read the books myself. It was okay for me read them, but don’t share them. And one of them was George Jackson’s book, Soledad Brothers, that was not allowed at all, although we did—you know, one of the things I learned when I was in jail there was how to secrete certain kinds of things, so we were able to—so we had these clandestine reading groups with books that were smuggled out of that box in the library, and it kind of reminded me of Frederick Douglass and Frederick Douglass’s effort to get an education, to learn how to read, and his idea that education really was liberation.
Watch/listen to the event here… and watch the short here…

    livefromthenypl:

    Davis came to LIVE in October of 2010 for one of our biggest landmark events to talk with Toni Morrison about the importance of libraries.

    ANGELA DAVIS: I was in jail in New York—I don’t know, did you mention that I was in jail? Some people don’t know. And one of the first places I went, I was able to go, in the jail was the library, and I didn’t see very many interesting books there, all right? I mean, I had just finished my studies in philosophy, and I went to the library expecting something very different, so what I did was I had people send books to me when I was there, and I wanted to share those books with all of the other women, there was something like a thousand women there. I was not allowed to do that. As a matter of fact, in the library there was a big cardboard box.

    I could receive the books and I could read the books myself. It was okay for me read them, but don’t share them. And one of them was George Jackson’s book, Soledad Brothers, that was not allowed at all, although we did—you know, one of the things I learned when I was in jail there was how to secrete certain kinds of things, so we were able to—so we had these clandestine reading groups with books that were smuggled out of that box in the library, and it kind of reminded me of Frederick Douglass and Frederick Douglass’s effort to get an education, to learn how to read, and his idea that education really was liberation.

    Watch/listen to the event here… and watch the short here…