May 23, 2022

WSJ: Library Systems in Four NYC Boroughs Plan to Unify Some Tasks

From The Wall Street Journal*: For two years, New York’s three separate library systems have been working on a plan to offer a single, seamless library account for all New Yorkers that would unify checkouts, returns, deliveries and even late fees for the New York, Brooklyn and Queens public libraries. [Clip] By May, the New […]

Financial Times: NYPL Has Spent $1 Million on 45,000 E-books Since 2009

A new article from the Financial Times about the planned renovation of the New York Public Library’s 42nd St. Building includes the $1 million/45,000 ebooks number mentioned in the headline of our post. From the FT Article: …[NYPL President Tony] Marx also knows that the pressures for change are growing. As it happens, his institution […]

2nd Edition of New York Public Library’s Biblion, The Boundless Library iPad App Now Available (Free)

The second edition of Biblion: The Boundless Library app for iPad from the NYPL is is now online. It’s a free download from the app store. This edition is titled, Frankenstein: The Afterlife of Shelley’s Circle. Don’t have access to an iPad? Here’s the web version of the new Biblion. — From the iTunes App […]

Salman Rushdie Joins Writers Protesting New York Library Revamp

From The Guardian: Major literary names including Salman Rushdie, Art Spiegelman and Mario Vargas Llosa are protesting the planned $300m restructuring of the iconic Fifth Avenue branch of the New York Public Library, saying it is “a misplaced use of funds in a time of great scarcity”. A letter signed by more than 700 writers, […]

New York Public Library Launches John Cage Digital Archive

From SSG Music: The New York Public Library has launched a John Cage digital archive project, John Cage Unbound: A Living Archive. On the archive, Cage fans can celebrate Cage’s centennial curated series of browsable Cage curios; Want to see him play an amplified cacti and plant matter with a feather, review his notes from […]

The New York Public Library Digitizes Early American History

From the NYPL Announcement: Thousands of historical documents at The New York Public Library – including material handwritten by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson and papers from authors such as Mark Twain – will soon be accessible to the public online, thanks in large part due to a generous gift of $500,000 from The Polonsky […]

WSJ: The Changing Culture of the New York Public Library

Note: We’ve updated this post (at the bottom) with a link to a recent keynote lecture (video) by Anthony Grafton. It’s titled, “The Transforming Book”. From an WSJ “Ideas” Blog Post: Anthony Grafton, a professor of history at Princeton and past president of the American Historical Association, is distressed when he contemplates the changes afoot […]

Processing the Timothy Leary Papers at the New York Public Library

A new blog post by Jennifer Ulrich, Specialist, Manuscripts and Archives Division at the NYPL. The post includes several pictures. Ulrich writes: People ask me what my work entails as I process the Timothy Leary papers. As I pore through the boxes, I am faced with over 400 linear ft. of material created and collected […]

New York Public Library and FIT Archives Launch Digital Archive of Historic Fashion Drawings and Sketches

From The NY Times: After two years of planning, the Picture Collection of the New York Public Library and the Special Collections & FIT Archives of the Fashion Institute of Technology Library have recently started a digital archive of fashion drawings and sketches by André Fashion Studios, The collection, André Studios 1930-1941: Fashion Drawings & […]