NYPL’s ‘Central Library’ Plan

When New Yorker’s heard there would be some changes to their prized research facility, there were celebrations. There were protests. There were questions to how this could all come together, while still maintaining the amazing, stoic ambiance of the NYPL’s 42nd Street location. Now, after all the meetings and compromises, some visuals have surfaced.

Here’s a short fly-through of the new plan, designed by Pritzker Prize–winning architect Norman Foster.


From the press post:

Among the Benefits:

  • More public library space than is currently available in all three locations combined
  • Open 7 days a week, 12+ hours most days
  • Updated facilities for Mid-Manhattan patrons without closing for renovations
  • Books and DVDs to browse and check out
  • Natural light and views onto Bryant Park
  • New spaces for children and teens
  • Classrooms, computer labs, expanded research areas
  • Business Research Center and Job Search resources
  • Expanded spaces for scholars and writers
  • Research materials properly preserved beneath Bryant Park
  • Savings that can be spent on new librarians and curators and more books


Read the full NYPL post for more information and links on Project Details, Floor Plans, and a workflow Timeline

Fraser Valley Regional Library’s (BC, Canada) Library Live and On Tour

Thanks to BoingBoing for alerting the masses!

The Fraser Valley Regional Library set out to  ‘create a mobile initiative to promote adult literacy’–and they did just that!

The result is a mobile initiative that delivers the library to people who do not know about our libraries or have some obstacle to visiting them. Unlike bookmobiles, Library Live and On Tour stresses service through community development, access to information, adult literacy advocacy, and awareness, rather than being exclusively about books.

Check out this local news segment, which features  Smitty Miller, Fraser Valley Regional Library Community Development Librarian and her outlook for taking the more ‘alternative’ parts of their Library to the community.

Attracting patrons with stereo beats and video games is great in itself; what I’m really excited about is the vast array of ereaders and gadgets she’s brought with her for patrons to discover and use. Take the technology to the people, let them try it out in a safe, comfortable environment, and you’ll have an inquisitive learner for life that won’t hesitate to come to you next time they want to try something new. Rock on, Smitty!

Friends of Canada, free information, and public access–help the LAC!

From a BoingBoing reader (via ):

Library and Archives Canada’s collection is being decentralized and scattered across the country, often to private institutions, which will limit access, making research difficult or next impossible.

Read more about the decisions that will affect the Libraries and Archives of Canada via the links below and find out what you can do to help!

Any Library or Archive in need, is a friend indeed!

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Bodleian Libraries are looking for your help!

Us New Yorkers all know how successful the NYPL Menu Program has been in such a short time. Librarians and other Digital Humanities specialists have had equally as amazing results in both large and small crowdsourcing projects, large AND small. Help out the Bodleian Libriaries with some amazing collections!


Via InfoDocket/ Library Announcement:

Members of the public are being asked to help describe 4,000 music pieces from the Bodleian Libraries’ collections, as part of a new project launched today.

What’s the score at the Bodleian? (www.whats-the-score.org) is the first crowd-sourcing project undertaken by the Bodleian Libraries. About 4,000 pieces of popular piano music from the mid-Victorian period have been digitized and made available online. The music was mostly produced for domestic entertainment, and many of these scores have illustrated or decorative covers and advertisements. The collection has never been included in the library’s catalogue, and its exact contents are therefore unknown.

By visiting the website, ‘citizen librarians’ can help with describing the scores and contributing to the creation of an online catalogue. It takes about 10 minutes to fill in the online form which constitutes the description of an item. No knowledge of reading music or playing an instrument is required to get involved. People just need to look at the images of the scores and write down the information they see. However, the project also encourages performances of this music and hopes to provide links to audio or video recordings.


The Bodleian’s printed music collections comprise over half a million items, but only about 20% of these are represented in the online catalogue. For the most part, this large body of material is therefore difficult to explore and use, and some of it is largely unknown. The library is looking for ways to make this rich collection more easily discoverable. A recent study has shown that creating professional library-standard records for the items would be prohibitively expensive and would take years to accomplish. It would also only make information about the material available, while the scores themselves would remain on the shelves in the book stacks and be available only to those who can make the journey to Oxford. By digitising the scores and making these available online, the collection will be opened up and made available to anyone who has an internet connection and an interest in nineteenth-century music.