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Welcome to The New York Public Library's public weblogs, a new space where a small but growing number of librarians, curators and other staff are posting regular dispatches from their corner of the NYPL community.
With over 50 million items, and thousands of events, services and exhibitions spread across the library system each year, staff are faced with the near impossible task of shedding light on the many hidden treasures and resources on offer here at NYPL. In a sense, the library is like an enormous iceberg: the section peaking above the water represents only a small fraction of its overall size. These blogs are designed to better document and promote this immense trove of information.
So in addition to being on-the-beat reporters, taking the pulse of events and activities around NYPL with up-to-the-moment coverage, think of our bloggers also as deep sea divers, swimming down, flashlights in hand, exploring the library's vastness and bringing knowledge to the surface.
Our aim is to develop the blog into the latest in a long tradition of librarian-generated genres designed to publish staff expertise and help users navigate the library's breathtaking array of collections and services. Like finding aids, recommended reading, or research guides, NYPL blogs will be another powerful tool in our information arsenal.
Over time, the blog archive will grow into an enduring knowledge base, which we'll use to enhance and enrich the digital experience of the library. You'll find posts not only in Blogs, Videos & Publications (browseable by subject and channel), but peppered throughout the Library's website — supplementing search results and tied to relevant location pages, topics and events. The goal? Having the wisdom and expertise of NYPL librarians at your fingertips as you explore the site.
Please feel encouraged to engage directly with bloggers in the comment stream. To ensure a civil and focused discussion, comments will be held for a brief period before being published.