Interview: NYPL’s chief digital officer says public is better off when libraries are ‘risk averse’ about tech (GeekWire)

GeekWire: Interview: NYPL’s chief digital officer says public is better off when libraries are ‘risk averse’ about tech. “First: It’s not just about digitizing books. That’s the biggest misconception that the public has about the role of digital technology in libraries, according to the chief digital officer of what is arguably the world’s largest public library.”

Livemint: Why libraries that digitize and expedite the availability of new content will not die

Livemint: Why libraries that digitize and expedite the availability of new content will not die. “…in a world that is becoming increasingly digital, do libraries have a future? The short answer would be: If books have a future, then so do libraries. And libraries are more than just about books. They are safe public spaces where you meet, sit, read and work. Walk into BCL in Delhi and see how crowded it is: young people doing reference work, taking notes from books. Even in the days of internet, a good library is a priceless resource. Sadly, in many parts of the world libraries are struggling for funds; but there are also many enlightened nations where governments are spending millions on new libraries, many of which are designed by world-renowned architects.”

Forbes: What Brands Can Learn From The New York Public Library’s Instagram Stories

Forbes: What Brands Can Learn From The New York Public Library’s Instagram Stories. “With the rise of social media in the past decade, attention spans have decreased and the addiction to technology has taken away from consuming off-line content. By embracing social channels like Instagram, the New York Public Library found a way to inspire this new generation of readers through creating digital content that expands their knowledge-base of the classics.”

Engadget: New York Public Library turns classic novels into Insta Stories

Engadget: New York Public Library turns classic novels into Insta Stories. “The New York Public Library is using Instagram’s Stories feature to make classic novels more accessible and enticing to read, especially to the younger generation. It has teamed up with ad agency Mother in New York to create ‘Insta Novels,’ which turns classic pieces of literature into animated digital novels illustrated by various visual artists. “

New York Public Library: Unlocking the Record of American Creativity—with Your Help

The New York Public Library apparently posted this on March 30 and good heavens, how did I miss it? Unlocking the Record of American Creativity—with Your Help. “The New York Public Library (NYPL) is embarking on a pilot project to extract the data from a publication known as the Catalog of Copyright Entries, published annually by the United States Copyright Office. The volumes have already been digitized and are freely available through the Internet Archive; our project aims to extract and parse the data contained in the records in order to create a searchable database that will aid copyright research.”

New York Public Library: Surveyor Geotagging Tool Puts NYPL Photos on the Map

New York Public Library: Surveyor Geotagging Tool Puts NYPL Photos on the Map. “Today, we’re proud to release Surveyor, our new website for crowdsourced geotagging of NYPL’s photo collections. With Surveyor, we invite everyone who is interested in the history of New York City to try and determine the locations depicted in these mostly unlabelled photos. With your help, we will create a database containing the geographic locations of our photos, and this data will be available for everyone to use and download. We’ll start small, with around 2,500 photos from five collections, but we will add more of the Library’s photo collections later (you can find a list of these collections on Surveyor’s About page).”

Hyperallergic: The New York Public Library Has a “Digital Time-Travel Service” for Its Historical Maps

Hyperallergic: The New York Public Library Has a “Digital Time-Travel Service” for Its Historical Maps. “The New York Public Library’s new NYC Space/Time Directory is imagined as a “digital time-travel service,” a two-year project engaging the library’s collections of maps and geospatial data through interactive tools. The first such tool, Maps by Decade, was launched this month, plotting 5,000 digitized New York City street maps across the five boroughs, organized by decade from 1850 to 1950.”