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Meet Monica Shin, Digital Projects Librarian

Posted on October 10th, 2014 by admin in General
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Monica ShinAs a digital projects librarian, Monica identifies and links digital images to information that makes them more searchable in a digital setting, which supports the Access and Innovation principle of the Compass strategic plan that focuses on the library leading in digitization practices. She works to catalog the more than 95,000 images on the BPL’s Flickr site for all users to enjoy.

Do you have a favorite collection on Flickr?

We work with many collections, but I’d say my favorite is a collection by Leslie Jones, which has about 30,000 images. His sports photography from the 1930s and 1940s is amazing, and the collection itself is an archive of life as it was happening during that time period. He also gave many personal photos, which show his family on vacation, for example, and others that are beautifully created from a photography perspective.

What is the best part about working for the library?

I enjoy working with and digitizing older items from our collection that haven’t seen the light of day in a long time; whether they are in the stacks or parts of the library that the general public doesn’t get to see very often. We pull out things that our colleague curators find interesting and then get to expose them to the world, which is awesome. It helps cement the BPL presence as a research library and one that shares its treasures with everyone.

 How do you interact with library users interested in the Flickr collection?

Flickr users can leave comments on pages or email the library with questions or potential corrections to descriptions. Our team acts as the mediator between the library user and our curators, who look into the subject matter closely. We also encourage library users to make recommendations on collections for digitization. The best email to to use is digital@bpl.org.

How does technology and digital offerings enhance service to library users?

Researchers who are interested in certain collections may or may not have the chance to physically come to the library. We recently put up 3,000+ stereographs on Flickr, which could be of great use to someone researching the subject. Showing the digital images with good data really helps people understand the breadth our collections. And, it might persuade people to come in and visit. Having a digital presence is important because the library is so much more than just books; posters, architectural drawings, and manuscripts are just a few examples.

Purloined Letters Exhibition Opens, Edgar Allan Poe Bust Revealed at Boston Public Library

Posted on October 9th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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Desktop149Exhibition displays correspondence of Oscar Wilde, Edwin Austin Abbey, Bram Stoker

The exhibition Purloined Letters: Literary Correspondence and its Unintended Recipients opens in the Special Collections Lobby at the Central Library in Copley Square on Wednesday, October 15. Purloined Letters features an array of rare and important purloined, or stolen, letters written by revered literary figures. Also in October, a bronze bust of Edgar Allan Poe will be unveiled at the library, honoring the Boston-born poet, author, and critic.

“Purloined Letters gives us the rare opportunity to delve deeper into the lives of the writers and learn more about them than, in many cases, their published works may reveal,” said Susan Glover, Keeper of Special Collections at the Boston Public Library. Read more »

Seedsharing in the Branches

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by admin in General
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Boston Public Library launched its pilot SeedShare program this past summer, debuting at the the Mattapan, Grove Hall, and East Boston branches. Over the course of the summer, Boston Natural Areas Network held workshops on gardening basics and most recently, saving and storing seeds for future use. In total, 300 seed packets were borrowed and more than 100 people attended the gardening workshops. The most popular seeds at Grove Hall were were cucumber, basil, and greens of all kinds. Seed packets were also available via the Bibliocycle that made its debut this summer as well.

The Mattapan Branch has four garden beds in the back of the building and over the course of many months, library users cleared, prepped, planted, maintained, and harvested  vegetables to take home. “Families and teens come back and tell me all about their mini gardens; some are dying, some are thriving, but it is all about doing something new and learning,” said Caren Rosales, Teen Librarian at the Mattapan Branch.

The program is a partnership between the City of Boston Office of Food Initiatives, Greenovate Boston, Boston Natural Areas Network, and Boston Public Library. The library encourages all who borrowed seeds to return a few for next season; and of course, happy harvesting.

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Teen Read Week at the BPL

Posted on October 7th, 2014 by admin in General
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teenTeen Read Week™ is a national youth literacy initiative created by the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA). Held annually, it began in 1998 with the purpose of encouraging teens across the country to become regular readers and library users. This year’s theme is “Turn Dreams into Reality,” with programs to be held from October 12-18 at six BPL locations: Dudley, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Uphams Corner, and the Central Library.

“This year’s programming gives Boston teens the opportunity to express their passions and to encourage teens to use the library as a resource for strengthening their reading and writing skills,” said Youth Services Coordinator Jessi Snow. Activities includes gaming, teen crafts, creative writing workshops, a book review competition, and more. Visit the BPL calendar for the complete schedule of free Teen Read Week programs throughout the City or www.bpl.org/teens for additional teen resources.

BPL Teen Read Week 2014 Flyer

Download the PDF flyer (2 pages) of Teen Read Week activities.

 

Renovation of the Central Library in Copley Square Progressing

Posted on October 6th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases
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renoOctober 21 roundtable offers public the opportunity to see the project model

As renovations continue at Boston Public Library’s Copley Square location, library users and other interested members of the public are invited to a roundtable meeting for an update on the project and a look ahead to future improvements planned. The renovation roundtable will take place on Tuesday, October 21, at 6 p.m. in the Guastavino Room at the Central Library in Copley Square, located at 700 Boylston Street.

On display will be the three-dimensional model of the renovated library created by architects from William Rawn Associates Architects, Inc. Library staff members will be on hand to provide an overview of the project and answer questions. The first phase of the renovation, which includes a new children’s library, teen area, nonfiction collections, reference services, and community reading area is on track to be completed in March 2015. The second phase of the renovation, scheduled for completion in the summer of 2016, includes improvements to the first floor, mezzanine, lower level, and exterior of the Johnson building, which opened in 1972 and faces Boylston Street. Read more »