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Meet Monica Shin, Digital Projects Librarian

Posted on October 10th, 2014 by admin in General

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

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. (more…)

Meet Helen Bender, West End Branch Librarian

Posted on September 23rd, 2014 by admin in General

Helen’s role in educating library users on electronic resources, particularly e-readers, supports the library’s  Access and Innovation principle of the Compass strategic plan through keeping pace with evolving standards in technology and improving patrons’ ease-of-use with these services.

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Why do you enjoy the e-reader?

It’s a great alternative format to a print book. I was an early adopter of e-readers and have owned a Kindle for years. I’ve read close to 200 books in 2014 on my Kindle and in print combined.

What services do you offer for people who need assistance with e-readers?

The West End Branch initiated drop-in sessions early on when e-readers became available. Around the holidays, and especially when more and more devices came out, we would hold larger device sessions and then offer  one-on-one help if needed. Assisting library users with their e-readers is a big priority at this branch and we can usually get someone in within a few days of a request. Our library staff also heavily promotes hoopla, our streaming media service, and digital magazine service Zinio. We find a lot of our users are interested in reading things such as The Economist and don’t know they can read it in a digital format.

What is the best part about working for the library?

I love helping people; it’s my favorite thing to do. Even when I worked in the Inter Library Loan department, there was a public service component to it that I found really enjoyable. I like finding obscure things that people are looking for and delivering them.

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

They help a great deal; and certainly enhance service but don’t take away from circulation or library use. A lot of patrons do not have access to computers or tablets and library staff can provide a great introduction to these resources.

Latino Life Booklist

Posted on September 15th, 2014 by admin in General

BPLlatinolifecover2014The library celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 – October 15) annually through publishing the Latino Life booklist, which is a list of recent books concerning the Hispanic experience.

Latino Life 2014 features 55 titles organized into the following sections: biography, expressions, history and contemporary issues, and fiction.  Each book on the list is briefly summarized. This work was performed by a committee of  Boston Public library staff members. Copies of the booklist are available at all Boston Public Library locations across the city.

“This year’s list is quite diverse and has something for everyone; whether it is a book on Cuban poster art, Rosie Perez’s revealing autobiography, or the newest novel by Cristina Henriquez,” said Amy Manson, chair of the Latino Life booklist committee and generalist librarian at the Connolly Branch. The list is useful for not only library users, but also Latino Studies professors and high school teachers who have used the lists with their students throughout the years who have expressed their appreciation for the resource.

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Five Book Lists for Readers

Posted on September 8th, 2014 by Anna Williams in General

For those who are always on the lookout for books to add to their reading lists, these five articles provide suggestions for readers of different ages and interests, including children, bike-lovers, and proud Bostonians. Visit our catalog to find a copy of one of the featured titles to take home or download to an e-reader.

1. This slideshow from Reader’s Digest highlights books that parents and children can enjoy together. From picture books to novels, the titles on this list offer cross generational appeal.

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2.  NPR’s list of bike-themed books is perfect for those who love the combination of bicycles and books as much as we do.

 NPR Bikes

3.Young adult books are no longer just for teens. The Boston Globe reviews four new YA books that readers of all ages will find engrossing.

Boston Globe

4. For Bostonians who want to see their city through a literary lens, this article from Boston Magazine highlights books set in Boston.

Boston Magazine

5. With only 6% of children’s books published in 2012 featuring characters of color, finding diverse books for children can be difficult. NPR‘s list of children’s books with diverse perspectives can help get parents started.

NPR