Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Use libraries and learn stuff: Hitler versus library campaigners

Use libraries and learn stuff: Hitler versus library campaigners: "Please consider publicising this through whatever media (twitter, facebook, email, newspaper article comment sections) you use and prefer. A..."

Bibliotherapy | American Libraries Magazine

Bibliotherapy | American Libraries Magazine

Temp Jobs Lose Their Stigma - Intelligence - News & Reviews -

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How to Create & Manage Your Online Presence by Ellyssa Kroski

Check out this SlideShare presentation. It is superb!

Professional Development for Information Professionals - METRO LibGuides at Metropolitan New York Library Council

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Freedom of Information Day at the New York Public Library March 16th, 2011

Who: David Barstow, of The New York Times

Freedom of Information Day at the New York Public Library

March 16, 2011 at 10:30 a.m.

Freedom of Information Day will be observed at the Science, Industry and Business Library (SIBL) of The New York Public Library (188 Madison Ave. @ 34th Street) on Wednesday, March 16, with a presentation and discussion from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Conference Room 014/015 on the lower level of the library. This year’s guest speaker is David Barstow, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter for The New York Times. He will discuss freedom of information and the freedom of the press, particularly how accessing government information using the Freedom of Information Act affects the work of journalists.  The title of his presentation is: “ Freedom of Information: The Act (FOIA), the Press and the Future.”

Established by a Congressional Joint Resolution in 1989, Freedom of Information Day is held on or near March 16, the birthday of James Madison, fourth President of the United States and primary architect of the Bill of Rights. The observance underscores the importance of freedom of the press, speech, information, and the public’s right to know.

David Barstow has been an investigative reporter for The New York Times since 2002. Mr. Barstow joined The New York Times in 1999, as a reporter for the Metro desk.

In 2002 and 2003, Mr. Barstow reported extensively on workplace safety in America, leading a team of journalists that produced two series for The Times and an hour-long documentary for the PBS program "Frontline." The two series, "Dangerous Business" and "When Workers Die,'' won the Pulitzer Prize for public service in 2004. The two series and the documentary were also recognized with the duPont Silver Baton, an award long regarded as the Pulitzer Prize of television reporting.

In 2009, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting for "Message Machine," two articles that exposed a covert Pentagon campaign to use retired military officers, working as analysts for television and radio networks, to reiterate administration "talking points" about the war on terror.

His most recent article, “Deepwater Horizon’s Final Hours,” appeared on December 26, 2010.

Before joining the paper, Mr. Barstow worked for The St. Petersburg Times in Florida beginning in 1990, reporting on a wide range of issues. While there, he was a finalist for three Pulitzer Prizes: in 1997, he was the lead writer for coverage of race riots and was a finalist for spot news reporting; in 1998, he helped lead coverage of financial wrongdoing at the National Baptist Convention and was a finalist for investigative reporting; and, that same year, he wrote a series of stories about tobacco litigation and was a finalist for explanatory journalism. Before joining The St.
Petersburg Times, Mr. Barstow was a reporter for The Rochester Times-Union in upstate New York.

This event is free and open to the public. No reservations are required.
Erminio D'Onofrio
Head of Information Services
The New York Public Library
Science, Industry and Business Library
188 Madison Ave.
New York, NY 10016
Tel.: 212-592-7037
Fax: 212-592-7061

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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Becoming a Librarian | American Libraries Magazine

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Straight from the Stacks: A First Hand Guide to Careers in Library and Information Science by Laura Townsend Kane, Chicago: American Library Association, 2003.

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Metro - Making the leap to a Verizon iPhone

Metro - Making the leap to a Verizon iPhone

If you’re one of the people clamoring for an iPhone that also promises decent service on Verizon (what a feat!), there are a few things to know first about making the switch.

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Wednesday, February 16, 2011

ALA | Home - American Library Association

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ADVOCACY URGENTLY NEEDED: House considering two amendments critical to the future of libraries

Call your representative at (202) 224-3121 today and tell him or her to oppose Amendment #35 to the Continuing Resolution!

This week, the House of Representatives will consider two amendments to the FY2011 Continuing Resolution that are critical to libraries – one that would eliminate all the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) funding including Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funding and another that would halt all funding for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) orders seeking libraries and bookstore records of U.S. citizens. ...

Saturday, February 12, 2011

New York Library Club's 2011 Winter Event: "Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam"

Over the millennia, Jews, Christians, and Muslims have each created a rich body of founding and interpretive texts that serve as underpinnings for their respective faiths--each of which derives from the teachings of Abraham, an “itinerant herdsman” from the Middle East. On Tuesday, February 8th at 6:00 p.m., the New York Library Club was invited to marvel at some of these magnificent texts, in an exhibit called "Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam" at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of the New York Public Library on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The tour was guided by an expert docent.

"Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam" is a stunning exhibition which displays the majestic beauty of rare and precious works from the three great Abrahamic religions. The exhibition sets forth in splendid and historic detail the complementarities, similarities and differences among the three religions, explaining their development, and exploring their lived experience through public and private prayer. (Photo at right: A mahzor, or Jewish prayer book for the High Holy Days, from the Kingdom of Naples in the 15th century.)

“Three Faiths” focuses on “the three Abrahamic religions” — Judaism, Christianity and Islam. Each faith takes Abraham, who affirmed belief in a single God, as a forebear. Abraham rejected “the religions of antiquity with their plethora of gods, each imbued with a particular attribute, purpose and power,” replacing the many with the one. Each of the Abrahamic religions believes that God has made himself known to his prophets through acts of revelation. And such revelations shape groups of believers by being incorporated in canonical written texts: the Hebrew Bible, the Christian Gospels, the Islamic Koran. These commonalities are traced through the exhibits display of manuscripts and books from the ancient and medieval to modern times.

Conceived in the aftermath of the tragic September 11th attacks of 2001, the exhibit also focuses on the many similarities shared by the three faiths: Judaism, Christianity and Islam. One of the main sponsors of “Three Faiths,” is the Coexist Foundation, whose aim is “to promote better understanding between Jews, Christians and Muslims.”

The NYPL’s exhibition "Three Faiths" grew out of a show mounted in 2007 at the British Library called "Sacred;" but was reconstructed using the New York Public Library’s own collection by H. George Fletcher, the library’s retired director of special collections, and a team of five scholars and advisers. According to a New York Public Library spokesman, the British Library backed out, worried that post-9/11 inspections by the Transportation Security Administration could put its rare manuscripts at risk. (Photo at left: Ibrahim Prepares to Sacrifice His Son, Isma‛il.)

The exhibition includes 200 rare and valuable works created over the past 1,500 years: among them, great works of the miniaturist's art and of calligraphy, drawn from all three faiths. The scrolls, codices, illuminated manuscripts, and printed volumes are complemented selectively, by important bindings, early photographs, prints, maps, and liturgical or ritual objects dating from the fifth century of the Common Era (CE) to the present. In addition, the manuscript materials are accompanied by some of the most significant printed works of the past 550 years.

Materials on display in Gottesman Hall range from a Bible found in a monastery in coastal Brittany that was sacked by the Vikings in the year 917, to a 1904 lithograph showing the original Temple Emanu-El on Fifth Avenue. It encompasses both an elaborately decorated book of 20th-century Coptic Christian readings and a modest 19th-century printing of the Gospels in the African language Grebo. There are Korans, with pages that shimmer with gold leaf and elegant calligraphy, and a 13th-century Pentateuch from Jerusalem, written in script used by Samaritans who traced their origins to the ancient Northern Kingdom of Israel. (Photo at right: 18th-century Ethiopian illustration of the Gospels of Matthew and Mark.)

A few of the exhibition's treasures include the New York Public Library’s Gutenberg Bible; the King James translation of the Bible of 1611; the remarkably rendered Scroll of Esther, which illustrates the story of Purim and features cityscapes from the once-vast Persian Empire; a 15th -century book of Islamic Tafsir (commentary on the Koran) from Syria; and a lovely volume of the Psalms from 1516, printed in Genoa, Italy, with the original Hebrew and columns of Septuagint Greek, Arabic, Aramaic and Latin. Moreover, the exhibition’s Christian texts from Czech, Polish, Russian and Lithuanian lands are extraordinary-- growing out of a collection the library purchased from the Bolsheviks in the Soviet Union in the 1920s.

One section of the exhibition also surveys the spread of the three religions after their birth in the Middle East through “the growth of the Jewish Diaspora, the evangelical mission of Paul to the Gentiles, and the military conquests of the early Islamic armies.” As the faiths spread, translations of sacred texts were needed; complex “polyglot” editions developed in which translations might appear in columns beside the original text or interwoven between its lines. (Photo at left: Psalterium, Herbraeum, Arabicum, Chaldaeum [The Psalterin Hebrew, Greek Arabic, and Aramaic]. Ed. Agostino Giustiniani, O.P., 1470 -1536.)

The tour began at 6:00 p.m. in order to allow NYLC members sufficient time to visit the miniature exhibition in the Wachenheim Gallery, called the “Scriptorium.” Named after the medieval monastic writing rooms where scribes copied manuscripts and wrote and illuminated books or scrolls, this specially converted interactive center compares and contrasts scribing traditions of

the three faiths, showcasing the natural materials—animal hides and minerals and gems—from which the parchment and ink are derived. Here in the Scriptorium, visitors are free “to explore various physical aspects of the art of the book in its many incarnations.” There are samples of parchment (skins of goats, sheep and deer); several kinds of traditional paper (including ahar — paper coated with alum and egg whites); display cases with the sources of pigments like pomegranate peel or dried insects; and videos on the creation of pens, inks and manuscripts. There is also an activity table where visitors can try their hand at calligraphy. (Photo at right: Russian altar Gospels with gilt binding, circa 1791, from the Reign of Catherine the Great.)

Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam is on view through Feb. 27 at the New York Public Library.

Works Cited:

L. Kroah (personal communication, January 21, 2011)

Rothstein, Edward. (2010). Abraham’s progeny, and their text. [Electronic version]. New York Times, C1.

The New York Public Library. Three Faiths: Judaism, Christianity, Islam. In Classes, programs and exhibitions: Exhibitions. Retrieved February 11, 2011, from

The New York Public Library. Three Faiths online. In Scriptorium. Retrieved February 11, 2011, from

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Thursday, February 3, 2011

The 250-Year-Old Ratzer Map on Video by Heather Quinlan on 27. Jan, 2011 in History, Video

250-Year-Old Map of New York City from Heather Quinlan on Vimeo.

The Brooklyn Historical Society’s recent unveiling of a 250-year-old map of New York City has garnered much hoopla over the last couple weeks. And with good reason—the map was restored from a crumbly, neglected state into a historic work of art. The map will be on display until Friday, after which it will be exhibited at a later date. If you can’t make it to the BHS because of the weather, catch the video after the jump. You’ll see that the mapmaker and surveyor, Bernard Ratzer, combined attention to detail with a love of craftsmanship. Video after the jump.
The NY Times has an interactive feature showing before and after photos of the map