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Boston Public Library Unveils New Collections of Distinction

Posted on February 3rd, 2015 by admin in Media Releases

Collections include historical works detailing American and European history

gleasonBoston Public Library unveiled its newest Collections of Distinction, adding six to the initial 18 collections that represent the most outstanding, expansive, and renowned of its holdings of more than 23 million items. The collections include Massachusetts Newspapers, Boston Artists, Boston Pictorial Archive, the Book of Common Prayer, works by Daniel Defoe, as well as the Mellen Chamberlain Collection of Autographs. Within the collections is an array of books, prints, letters, drawings, and other original works dating back as early as the 14th century.

“It is our privilege to share these distinguished collections; from manuscripts to modern art, they bring stories and culture of the past and present to life for the world to view,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of the Boston Public Library. “We invite the community in to discover the rich history these collections hold.”

Among the historical items from Massachusetts are works of Boston artists from the 1940s to the present, a collection of photographs and lithographs of Boston scenery from the 18th through 20th centuries, and an archive of Massachusetts newspapers dating back to 1706. Additionally, the Mellen Chamberlain Collection of Autographs contains 20,000 letters, engravings, and documents highlighting American and European history, including documentation of the Salem Witch Trials, the American Revolution, and correspondence from famed authors Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and John Singleton Copley. (more…)

Boston Public Library Serves Historical and Cultural Institutions Across Massachusetts

Posted on August 15th, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

Library for the Commonwealth service increases access to digitization

mapUnder the designation as Library for the Commonwealth, Boston Public Library serves all residents of Massachusetts and offers free resources to public libraries and other historical, cultural, and educational institutions across the state. Since 2011, the library has worked to digitize and preserve collections from 145 organizations in nearly 100 towns across Massachusetts. These digitized items will be shared online via DigitalCommonwealth.org, which is a BPL-built and maintained repository and portal where statewide collections will reside for future generations to discover.

“Massachusetts is a state with a deep and rich history. Our goal with this service is to broadly share Boston’s diverse collections alongside the treasures of other organizations throughout the Commonwealth,” said Amy E. Ryan, President of Boston Public Library. (more…)

Seven Ways to Sync with the Boston Public Library This Summer

Posted on July 31st, 2014 by admin in Media Releases

beachDigital resources available for on-the-go cardholders   

Boston Public Library’s collections can be easily accessed from home, a local coffee shop, or even the beach. Anyone who lives, works, or goes to school in Massachusetts can have a Boston Public Library card. Many residents of the Commonwealth start with an e-card, available online at www.bpl.org/ecard, which grants immediate access to the BPL’s digital resources.

Here are seven ways to sync with the Boston Public Library’s collections and services this summer – all while on the go:

1. Download e-books. Search for e-books – including Kindle titles – and audiobooks in the Boston Public Library’s catalog alongside printed books. Watch a brief tutorial about how to download the books to your e-reader, computer, or mobile device via www.bpl.org/collections/downloadable.htm. (more…)

Digital Projects Manager Tom Blake Named to Library Journal’s “Movers & Shakers” List

Posted on March 17th, 2014 by admin in General

tomBoston Public Library’s Digital Projects Manager Tom Blake was recently named one of Library Journal’s 2014 ”Movers & Shakers” alongside library industry professionals for their advancement of the field and commitment to their communities.  Blake has steadily grown the library’s Digital Services department since its creation in 2005, which today includes two state-of-the-art digitization studios and a digital repository, complete with the infrastructure and collaborative partnerships necessary to optimize access to its materials. Tom’s profile can be viewed on LibraryJournal.com.

The library’s Digital Services department is responsible for digitizing and providing online access to the library’s collections. The work is done at two state-of-the-art digitization labs, using high-end digital cameras and flatbed scanners, in the Central Library in Copley Square. The digitized collections can be found under the “online collections” tab of the BPL home page. The department works to not only increase awareness of and access to collections and materials but also to partner with local communities to help share their stories.