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The NYPL Picture Collection: Cataloging Visual Resources for Visual Thinkers

In an increasingly visual world, libraries are trying to find non-textual ways to meet their patrons. Whether this is providing access to a digital archive at a university or museum, subscribing to streaming video platforms at a public library, or

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So, where did all those handwritten notes go? Thoughts on the NYPL event: Yes, Mr. Prince: An Evening with Harold Prince’s Assistants

On Monday, October 21st, I attended an event at the NYPL Performing Arts Library called “Yes, Mr. Prince: An Evening with Harold Prince’s Assistants.” The event hosted three former assistants of the legendary theater icon, Hal Prince. The panelists were

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How the N.Y. Public Library Fills Its Shelves (and Why Some Books Don’t Make the Cut)

Since libraries have a finite amount of space, not every book would be able to make it onto the shelves. As a frequent user of libraries as well as a second semester MSLIS student, I have somehow managed to remain

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Different Strokes for Different Folks

In a New York Times article published on December 7th, 2017, the repeatedly debated topic of uniting the Brooklyn and Queens library systems under the New York Public Library system comes to the surface again. Instead of directing the audience

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Lou Reed’s Archives Acquired by NYPL

      Musician and Artist, Lou Reed passed away in 2013, leaving an immense amount of material behind to his wife, Laurie Anderson.  With no instructions whatsoever of how to archive, where to archive, and who to involve, Anderson

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Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs

This February 17th article in Atlas Obscura chronicles the creation of “library hand,” a writing style specifically designed for catalog cards. As described by Ella Morton, the need for a uniform handwriting style grew out of a meeting of library professionals in

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