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Exploring the digital space of the Special Collections Division, our work with digitized and born-digital material, and the systems that make this work possible.

Reflections from the Pratt Digital Preservation & Archives Fellow at NYPL: Part 2

See this follow-up on a semester of detailed research and preservation, a treat for digital archivists and archive enthusiasts. Read More ›

Reflections from the Pratt Digital Preservation & Archives Fellow at NYPL: Part 1

What goes into being an archivist? Here's a look at current projects from a student working across NYPL departments and locations. Read More ›

Implementing ArchivesSpace at NYPL: Part 2

The Archives Unit provides an inside look at their implementation of the ArchivesSpace data management system. If you're fascinated by archive and data storage, this post is for you. Read More ›

Let's Start with a Box: Special Collections & Object Management

In an effort to address this issue, key staff of Special Collections came together to form the Object Data Model Group. Over a series of months we thought conceptually about what we wanted an ideal system for object management to accomplish.Read More ›

Understanding File Formats

Trying to come up with a list of all file formats is an endless, seemingly impossible, but ultimately necessary task for all of the staff that works with digital materials at NYPL. This series of posts will discuss how we in NYPL's Special Collections understand and use formats.Read More ›

Implementing ArchivesSpace at NYPL: Part 1

In 2014, the Archives Unit at The New York Public Library began its evaluation of ArchivesSpace. Following a rigorous review of the application, we began implementation in earnest in 2016, and started using it in production earlier this year. Read More ›

NYPL’s New Digital Archives Lab

In August, the Digital Archives Program, took an exciting and long-awaited step by moving into our own space. Read More ›