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November 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

The clocks have been turned back, the turkey and cranberry sauce leftovers have been eaten, and mild weather notwithstanding winter is certainly on its way. Earlier this month one of our bloggers asked, "Where Do You Get Your Information?" If you're reading this, 

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Notes From a Life-long Learner: Podcasting

A podcast is an audio program anyone can make, post to a website, and make available for download onto a computer or portable device, such as an iPod (hence the term “podcast”). Listeners can subscribe to a podcast and get future episodes downloaded automatically as they become available. You probably already subscribe to podcasts of various kinds, but have you ever considered making your own?

Come on! You could garner a great following and become the next (insert favorite radio personality here). Or you 

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Where Do You Get Your Information?

A recent conversation with a patron at the Battery Park City Library reminded me of one of my past blog posts in which I pondered the time-saving methods and ideas of Mevil Dewey. I'll have you know that since that post I have implemented none of Dewey's radical ideas. Interestingly enough though, a few of my colleagues do use his methods by spelling my last name "Parrot" instead of "Parrott." Though I personally have not yet benefited from 

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October 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

It's time for scares it's time for screams IT'S HALLOWEEN.

This month on the NYPL blogs we have all just been gearing up for this one special night. Our costumes were as varied as our blog subject matter, can you guess what we dressed up as?

A person from 1988 with a boombox A skeleton with butterfly wings A ... Read More ›

Database? What? Huh?

It was a sunny day at Grand Concourse Library. A patron who visits the Library every morning for the newspaper was discussing a book he had just ordered.

The book, Henry Kissinger's On China, reminded him of the American/Chinese political climate in the 1980s. He was curious to know if the Library had access to 

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Wikipedia! The Musical! A Review!

Wikipedia! The Musical! design created by Lauren Lampasone

On October 22, “Wikipedia! The Musical!” was staged at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts. Despite its whimsical name, it was not really a musical but an editathon — a chance to edit Wikipedia with a group of people in an inspiring location. Though its focus was improving articles on musical theater, anyone interested in the performing arts was welcome.

For me, 

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Musical of the Month: The Black Crook

Most musical theater history books cautiously locate the birth of the American Musical at Niblo's Garden (a theater once located on Prince Street) on September 12, 1866 at the opening of The Black Crook. Of course, among many scholars, this identification is regarded as something of a joke — song had been integrated into plays since the early days of Greek drama, and the songs in The Black Crook, at least in its original version, were mostly diversions from the plot — no more related to the action and characters than commercial breaks are to an episode of Glee. Nonetheless, 

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May 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

Did you see? This month on the blogs...

The Stephen A. Schwarzman building celebrated turning 100! We remembered the days when the SASB was a ... Read More ›

Parallel Parking Will Not Be Your Only Challenge in Life: Learning Express Library

My friend arrived at my home wet and hungry. On the way to my house her windshield wipers stopped working which was problematic since it was raining. She couldn't make out which lane she was in but she could distinguish the wiggly globs of red and green as traffic lights. She wanted to stop and get a bagel on the way but there was nowhere to park in the parking lot of the bagel store. Well there were available spaces but her car no longer does that thing, the thing where you go backwards, you know, 'reverse,' so you have to really plan out your parking 

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April 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

April can be sort of cruel (I'm paraphrasing...) but on the NYPL blogs it was a blast! I couldn't help but notice...

You got caught in the rain, were fooled by a prank, then slipped on a banana peel. You had a nightmare about a ... Read More ›

"No Day But Today": A look at Jonathan Larson's Word Files

In my last post I discussed the urgent problem of preserving "born digital" collections (that is, creative drafts produced using a computer rather than paper and pencil), and the very real possibility that a large portion of our cultural history will be lost unless we solve it quickly.  Today, though, the sun is shining, the weather is warm, and the days are getting longer, so I turn to the happier subject of the really remarkable things a scholar can learn using born digital data.

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Howard Ashman and Our Digital Future

Howard Ashman's disks at the Library of CongressThe Performing Arts Library has an amazing collection of manuscript and typewritten drafts from some of the greatest writers and musicians in the world.  The processes that led to groundbreaking experimental music compositions like John Cage's Music of Changes or Imaginary Landscape No. 1 are documented in the artist's papers. The Fred Ebb collection allows a researcher to peer into the creative process that led to lyrics like "Life is a Cabaret" and 

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Jane McGonigal and NYPL present Find the Future: The Game

For 100 years, The New York Public Library's landmark Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street and its world-renowned collections have inspired people everywhere to find their futures. In honor of the Centennial Celebration, pioneering game designer Jane McGonigal helped the Library kick off its Weekend Festival with Find 

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March 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

In like a lion and out like a lamb, right? More like in like a lion and out like a lion around here on NYPL blogs (their names are Patience and Fortitude, remember?)

We read Brava, Valentine and even got to talk to the author. We talked to some ... Read More ›

February 2011 NYPL Blog Highlights

And now, a moment for us. February may be the shortest month of the year, but you wouldn't know it by looking at the quantity and quality of blog posts that were shared by staff at NYPL over 28 wintery days. If you've just joined us, or have trouble keeping up, here is a roundup of the month's posts.

We got hit by cupid's arrow and celebrated the ... Read More ›

That Was the Week that Was: Social Media Take-Aways and Tips

As a global event partner for Social Media Week (February 7 - 11), NYPL hosted four events that afforded me, a seasoned librarian but novice blogger, a handy immersion in social messaging—and in my own backyard, too. 

At the lively opening reception in the Stephen A Schwartzman Building's vast Celeste Bartos Forum, I raised the average age of the revelers. Circulating through the celebratory crowd, I met few folks who had, shall we say, ‘achieved my maturity.’ Mixing with millenials on this scale was ... Read More ›

Get the Most Out of Your Gadgets With NYPL

Were you one of the lucky ones who found a shiny new ereader or mobile device under the (nondenominational) tree? Or did you just decide 2011 was the year you would resolve to do more of your work and leisure reading on a screen?  Before you whip out your credit card for ebooks remember that other card.  NYPL might have you covered for free... read on to find out how in three easy steps!

    See if your device is compatible with our audio (MP3 and WMA format) and
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Reel Books: For Colored Girls

For Colored Girls, Tyler Perry's latest film, was released in early November and has since received some mixed reviews. Tyler Perry as a director is known for addressing what can be very sensitive topics: for example, drug abuse in Daddy's Little Girls and unhappy marriages in

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eNYPL for Apple iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Update 2/15/11: OverDrive Media Console Version 2.2 now adds native iPad support.

Update 12/7/2010: Good news Apple fans, OverDrive Media Console now adds support for eBooks. Same app, if you already have it, just be sure to update to the newest version. You might have to restart your device for it to recognize your checked out items the first time. While the app also works on 

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