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NYPL, Immigrant City & My Maps Instructions

NYPL, Immigrant City & My Maps
 
Contribute to the New York Public Library’s Immigrant City digital exhibition using Google Maps MYMaps Application

 

In conjunction with the New York Public Library and the Immigrant City digital exhibition, (http://exhibitions.nypl.org/immigrantcity/), we ask you to contribute your story...

Do you know where your grandmother from Ireland first lived when she moved here? Did you move here from another country and find a great place to get food from home? Have you researched a site in the city with ties to immigration history? Share your immigration experience, memory or knowledge through this map using Google My Maps!

Because every story takes place somewhere, often times in many different locations, both fictional and real, throughout the world, maps can serve as a visual backdrop for constructing your own storytelling.

Your story can be a multimedia experience of assembled, embedded images, videos, and texts that you've scripted, written, or collected from the NYPL Digital Gallery, YouTube, and other digital media sources.

Step-by-Step Instructions
I. Open the Immigrant City map (you’re a step ahead!)
II. Select an area in the world to start your story
• This could be a central place in a personal story.
III. Create a new placemarker
• Click the blue placemarker icon at top left. Click where you want the marker to appear on the map. A box will open up. If you are writing or entering a story of some kind, type it into the box.
IV. Format your text
• To make your text look better, click "rich text." This will allow you to choose your own font, text size, color, etc. (more ways to get creative!).
V. Draw a line
• Click the blue zigzag symbol. This will allow you to draw a line from/to anywhere. If you are zoomed in to street level, you can select the "draw along a route" function and make your lines conform to the street network. You can also enter text, and embed images and videos to a line.

EMBEDDING IMAGERY FROM THE NYPL DIGITAL GALLERY
What is the NYPL Digital Gallery?
• The Digital Gallery is The New York Public Library's database of close to 800,000 images, including maps, photos, manuscripts, prints, and more.
What do these images have to do with my story?
• They may or may not have anything to do your story explicitly, but instead may allude to or share a similar concept.
• The idea here is that you are creating a new interpretation and map mashup of a personal story.
Search the NYPL Digital Gallery
• Navigate to http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/
• Enter a keyword into the search box.
• Click on an image, and search the subject headings that show up at the left. These subject headings are like tags that librarians attach to digital images and provide a useful structure to organize large troves of information.
Embed an image
• After you click on an image, you will see “Link” at the bottom right of the screen; click and select the text that appears in the "embed image" box.
• In your browser window, select “copy” from the “edit” menu.
• Return to the Immigrant City map.
• Select a placemarker, and click the place on the map where you want it to go.
• When the placemarker opens, select the text "edit html," and then paste your "embed image" text into the main text box.
• Click "done." Click "save."
• Test your work by clicking on the placemarker.

EMBEDDING IMAGERY FROM YouTube
What is YouTube?
• Really? Come on.
What does this have to do with my story?
• Same answer as above with an important exception. Think of YouTube as a place where you can find videos that either explicitly or implicitly refer to my story, but also as a place where you can create your own video interpretations, storytellings, recantings, riffs, artistic interpretations, etc., of the book/story. Think out of the box here.
• Remember, YouTube allows you to upload video, so get that old family video of grandma’s storytelling up there and map away!
Search YouTube
• Keyword searching is the rule here.
Embed a YouTube video
• Once you've made or found a video you like, click on the "embed" code at right.
• In your browser window, select "copy" from the “edit” menu.
• Return to your story in My Maps.
• Select a placemarker, and click the place on the map where you want it to go.
• When the placemarker opens, select the text "edit html," and then paste your "embed image" text into the main text box.
• Click "done." Click "save."
• Test your work by clicking on the placemarker.

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