December 19, 2014

WSJ: New York Public Library Rethinks Design (Central Library Plan)

From the Wall St. Journal: The New York Public Library, responding to outcry over its plans to demolish century-old book stacks, will this fall unveil a new design that preserves a significant portion of them, its president, Anthony Marx, said Tuesday. The library disclosed its plans in response to questions from The Wall Street Journal […]

New York City Landmarks Commission Approves NYPL Changes

From The NY Times: The Landmarks Preservation Commission voted 6 to 2 on Tuesday to approve changes to the exterior of the New York Public Library’s Fifth Avenue flagship building. Read the Complete Article See Also: New York Public Library’s Flagship Building Designs Released Includes video and several related articles.

Majority of Funding Restored for New York City Public Library as City Budget Approved

From the New York Public Library: The New York City budget for Fiscal Year 2013 was approved on Thursday, June 28. The City’s three library systems will receive an $89.5 million restoration to the $96 million cut proposed to libraries. The adopted city budget restores $39.6 million of the $42.6 million proposed cut to The […]

New York Public Library Names Michele Coleman Mayes New Vice President, General Counsel

From Today’s NYPL Announcement: The New York Public Library announced today the appointment of Michele Coleman Mayes as Vice President, General Counsel. Serving as chief legal officer reporting to President & CEO Anthony Marx, Mayes will be responsible for all NYPL legal affairs, playing a key role in the transformation of the Library through creative […]

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 […]

Historic Photography Project Dusted Off And Digitized By The NYPL

From Gothamist: Recently the New York Public Library released over 40,000 images digitally from the Great Depression, including some shot in New York City, and over 1,000 that have not been published in other collections documenting the era. This week The NY Times explained how the photos finally got dusted off for their digital debut: […]

New York Public Library Deems Print Encyclopedias 'Relevant' in Digital Age

From WNYC Radio: As reference materials continue to move online, the New York Public Library will continue to keep print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia in all its 87 branch libraries, which are found in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. “We definitely think it’s relevant for certain groups of users,” said Denise Hibay, […]

Video & Text Testimony: New York Public Library President Testifies on Proposed FY2013 Budget Cuts

View/Read Text of Prepared Remarks of NYPL President Tony Marx before the New York City Council Committee on Finance (March 13, 2012) about a proposed $42 million cut to the NYPL budget. From the Prepared Statement: We are here today to discuss the FY13 Preliminary Budget and the impact of the Mayor’s proposed $42.6 million […]

NYC Budget Restores Almost All Library Funding

Nice! From the NY Public Library (Full Text): The New York City budget for Fiscal Year 2012 was approved on Wednesday, June 29, and the City restored $36.7 million of the proposed $40 million cut for the New York Public Library. Below is a statement atttributed to New York Public Library Public Relations Director Angela Montefinise about this restoration: “When it comes to […]

The New York Public Library Releases First in a Series of Free iPad Apps

From the NY Times: “Biblion: The Boundless Library” is the name for a series of apps available on Apple’s tablet computer that highlight different elements in the library’s collection. It was developed by the library and the design firm Potion. [Clip] The first edition showcases the library’s 1939-1940 New York World’s fair holdings, which are […]