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Video: Libraries now A day in the life - Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks

Video: Libraries now A day in the life - Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks | The Information Professional | Scoop.it
Video: Those of us with our heads firmly lodged in the swirling surreality of the Internet may be somewhat surprised to hear that public libraries—those shadowy old fortresses where information is still preserved on pieces of paper bound into quaint objects called books—remain vitally important to millions of New Yorkers. In an eye-opening video that shows a day in the life of various NYPL branches, filmmakers Julie Dressner and Jesse Hicks show just how necessary these public institutions are today.
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Inspiring video about the increasing necessity of libraries
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Librarians Recreate Beastie Boys “Sabotage,” Are Coolest Librarians Ever

Librarians Recreate Beastie Boys “Sabotage,” Are Coolest Librarians Ever | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Maia Brown-Jackson:

"You might imagine librarians spend their spare time sitting by the fire rereading Shakespeare. While that may hold true for some, a few others would rather show the world just what happens if you aren’t quiet in the library and made possibly the best music video ever: Beastie Boys “Sabotage” starring librarians."

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Super cool and super funny!! 

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The library becoming more popular than ever, but books no longer the primary focus | Impact Lab

The library becoming more popular than ever, but books no longer the primary focus | Impact Lab | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

"But for all their supposed obsolescence, libraries remain vital places, and many of them are more crowded than ever."

 

"The New York Public Library recently embarked on a controversial plan to move two to three million books off-site.

The New York Public Library (NYPL) retired its pneumatic-tube system sometime last year. It had been used to request books for more than a century. The New York Public Library opened in 1911 and that pneumatic call system had changed little since then. You still filled out a slip, and you still turned that slip over to a clerk, who would load it into a metal cartridge. The cartridge would be driven by air pressure to a station down in the stacks, where another clerk would retrieve your book, which was then sent back up to the call desk by a dumbwaiter. In recent years, this procedure would take about 20 minutes. In decades past, I’m told, it was closer to five."


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How Selfies Are Re-Energizing The New York Public Library

How Selfies Are Re-Energizing The New York Public Library | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

Sydney Brownstone:

"These photobooth selfies weren't taken at a bar. They're from the New York Public Library which is mobilizing fans through pictures. (This is cool. Libraries using selfies to engage their users.

 

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The photos look like they could have been taken at a bar, a bat mitzvah, or one of those swanky media parties with sponsored vodka. But they weren’t. These photobooth shots were snapped at the New York Public Library as part of a new social media initiative to engage more with the library’s selfie-loving patrons, and the live photostream is making our hearts melt.

“This is new ground for us,” Ken Weine, vice president of communications and marketing at the NYPL, tells Co.Exist. “An institution like us has to find ways to communicate with people in person and digitally, and what’s fun about this project is that we’re doing both at the same time.”

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A Social Media initiative that's working!

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Something Old, Something New: Dicing Data At NYPL Labs | Meredith Schwartz

Something Old, Something New: Dicing Data At NYPL Labs | Meredith Schwartz | The Information Professional | Scoop.it

By Meredith Schwartz:

"The home base for the New York Public Library (NYPL) Labs is a strange mix of old and new. A bunch of modern cubicles hover incongruously amid the stately marble walls of what used to be a courtyard in the venerable Schwarzman Building, before the need for more space convinced the library to press it into service. It’s not a bad metaphor for what the labs do: turn the library’s substantial historical holdings into something new, useful, and a little bit quirky.
Thus far, the labs has spearheaded four projects, all of them aimed at not only digitizing physical collections but at turning their digital versions into data that can be sliced and diced with all of today’s tools. Ben Vershbow, manager of NYPL Labs, sees the first stage of his mission as “extending the machine-readable data so it can be recontextualized—the library as data clearinghouse.” As a vision, it adheres more strictly to the library’s traditional role of information collector and provider than many of today’s library reinventions—library as community center, for example. At the same time, it removes the “book warehouse” or even “digital book virtual warehouse” connotations by giving the library a front and center role in parsing the data into meaningful categories that make it usable."

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