Posts Tagged ‘digital archives’

Hangin’ with Doby

June 8, 2009

I waited in the Celeste Bartos Forum for the 2:00 tour of the Schwarzman Building to begin.  With my librarian-esque attire and NYPL name tag around my neck, I was approached by several people asking if I was the tour guide.  After telling everyone in the group that I was an intern on her first day, the docent appeared to show us around.  The library is right out of Hogwarts, with secret compartments and underground tunnels filled with books.  Civilians are not permitted to retrieve materials, rather there are people called pages underground who receive a piece of paper detailing what book you want via air tube.  Something tells me the pages are really house elves.

One of my projects for the summer is to turn past exhibitions into traveling exhibitions for the various branch libraries (there are 87 branches).  Most exhibitions are written in an elevated style, and I will have the task of making the content fit for a K-12 audience.  These traveling exhibitions have the ability to make the research library’s collections available to a wider audience.  We hope they will enrich the knowledge, understanding, and appreciation of the collections while supporting the Library’s primary mission as an educational resource.

Additionally, I have been searching the library’s digital archives for ideas to create brand new, original traveling exhibits.  It looks like Berenice Abbott’s Changing New York and The Pageant of America: A Pictoral History of the United States will have many connections to the New York City curriculum.  There are really some amazing things on NYPL’s digital gallery!  I’d be surprised if the two images listed below don’t entice you to check it out.

Bomb exploding inside a whale.

Bomb exploding inside a whale.

Gumard, sapphirine, Trigla hirundo from The natural history of British fishes : including scientific and general descriptions of the most interesting species, and an extensive selection of accurately finished coloured plates. (1802-1808)

Gumard, sapphirine, Trigla hirundo from The natural history of British fishes : including scientific and general descriptions of the most interesting species, and an extensive selection of accurately finished coloured plates. (1802-1808)

P.S.  For serious, you all are in my dreams almost every night.  I think my brain is detoxing.  Miss you.