April 21, 2014

Work on NYPL Historical GIS Project Proceeding Faster than Planned, More than 7700 Maps Already Online

Kudos and Congrats to the NYPL GIS project team! From a NYPL Blog Post by Matt Knutzen: In 2010, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) awarded the Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division of the New York Public Library a three year grant, the New York City Historical Geographic Information Systems project, building […]

1940 U.S. Census Records from New York State Now Searchable by Name

New York is the latest addition to states where 1940 U.S Census records are searchable by name via Ancestry.com. Records are free to search. Additional info/links in this blog post. Other states with records searchable by name (as of June 6, 2012): Delaware D.C. Maine Nevada But wait, that’s not all! More Records: New York […]

EBSCO Releases Two New Digital Archive Databases from Collections at the New-York Historical Society

From the EBSCO Announcement: Gateway to America: The People, Places, and Organizations of 19th Century New York and Revolutionary War Era Orderly Books archive databases from the New-York Historical Society, are now available from EBSCO Publishing (EBSCO). [Clip] Gateway to America: The People, Places, and Organizations of 19th-Century New York is a diverse collection of […]

Report: “Creating the Future, a 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State”

via a METRO Report: Deputy Commissioner for Cultural Education and Acting State Librarian Jeffrey W. Cannell [recently] announced that the New York State Board of Regents Cultural Education Committee unanimously and enthusiastically accepted Creating the Future, a 2020 Vision and Plan for Library Service in New York State: Recommendations of the New York State Regents […]

Newspaper Digitization: Nyack (NY) Librarian Turns to Web for ‘Experiment in Fundraising’

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From LoHud.com: When librarian Brian Jennings decided he wanted to digitize a bit of Rockland’s historical connection to famed American painter Edward Hopper, he took a unique approach to raise money. As the local history librarian at the Nyack Library, Jennings’ plan was take microfilm copies of the Rockland County Journal from 1890 to 1892 […]

New York: Yonkers Library Worker Admits Stealing $163,582, Faces Prison

From the LoHud.com: A former Yonkers library worker agreed Thursday to serve one to three years in state prison for stealing $163,582 out of the public library system over seven years. Margo Reed, 54, pleaded guilty in Westchester County court to second-degree grand larceny and filing a false tax return, both felonies. The plea satisfied […]