Posts Tagged: libraries

Inside the Secrets of NYPL’s Underground Stacks

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The New York Public Library holds more than 16 million volumes, making it the 4th largest library in the United States. Many of those volumes are stored in the Milstein stacks, two levels of the library directly under Bryant Park. To maximize the storage capacity of these facilities and allow for patrons in the main library above ground to request volumes on site, the NYPL turns to some interesting technology.

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Read All These

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Why stuff your body with Thanksgiving leftovers when you could be stuffing your bag with used books?

It was another reminder that I will surely die before I read all of my books, that my descendants will one day be forced to shovel through it all, skeptically asking one another, “Did he actually read all these?”

(On second thought, go ahead and finish those sweet potatoes.)

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The Start of Visual Literacy

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For JSTOR Daily, Allana Mayer writes about what it means to master visual literacy. Mayer specifically addresses the idea that libraries and galleries digitizing their content will instantly make people more literate with visual art. Instead, competency with visual art should be measured by the ability to contextualize and analyze work made available in these open collections.

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A Library of Temporary Things

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The Prelinger Library in San Francisco is small—just three shelves of volumes. But it’s the unique collection of ephemeral that defines this collection. Megan Prelinger founded the library eleven years ago as an attempt to “catalogue items not meant for posterity.” Hoodline takes a look inside this small library and the collection of trade periodicals, maps, monographs, and even government studies.

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3-D Printers Modernize Libraries

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American libraries have always been a place for ideas and the exchange of knowledge. In recent years, libraries have invested in computers and other new technologies. One of those popular technologies has been 3-D printers. Now, libraries with those tools are operating at the forefront of modern manufacturing techniques.

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