1. Become a citizen cartographer! Last week, the New York Public Library was part of Social Media Week in New York City, and we took the opportunity to show off our brilliant staffers in social media and our wonderful work in the world of maps. The photo above shows NYPL Geospatial Librarian Matt Knutzen working with attendees during our Citizen Cartography @ NYPL Workshop: Tracing 19th Century Manhattan workshop.

    Participants learned how to trace information from maps and combine it with additional information to make a new and improved map with lots of info. We zoomed in on 19th century maps all the way down to building level and added spatial data to those buildings so that the map could be searched using this new, added info. We worked on a map of NYC from 1857. 

    This is all part of the NYPL Map Rectifier, which is now in beta mode and can be used/experimented with/learned at home!  So, yes, you can became a Citizen Cartographer, too!  Visit maps.nypl.org for more info, including a great video with Matt Knutzen explaining this much better than we can. Follow The Lionel Pincus and Princess Firyal Map Division on Twitter @NYPLMaps.

  2. NYPL’s going global for Social Media Week, partnering with the British Library to present Live from the British Library’s Business & IP Centre: Inspiring Entrepreneurs: The Power of Social Media.

    In conjunction with tomorrow’s panel discussion, we asked Neil Infield, the Manager of the British Library’s Business & IP Centre, and Kristin McDonough, the Director of the Science, Industry, and Business Library at The New York Public Library, what libraries are doing in social media and why it’s important for them to help entrepreneurs get their social media start.

    And be sure to drop by for the panel on Wednesday at 1:15 at the Science, Industry, and Business Library

  3. Even if we can’t change the past, we have the beginnings of digital time travel.

    —  said by Jack Eichenbaum, Queens Borough Historian and moderator of Social Media Week’s panel Future Library: Socializing History with Maps, which took place today at the New York Public Library. He was talking about maps from the past, maps from the future, and how we can overlay maps.

  4. We Are So Gosh Darn Popular …

    Well, social media fans, we have good news and bad news. The good news is our Social Media Week opening reception is very popular! The bad news is it’s officially full (fire code rules are very strict, you know). So if you haven’t RSVP’d for tonight’s party yet, unfortunately you’re a bit out of luck. Sorry! But we’ll have plenty of coverage of it here and - of course - on our Facebook and Twitter pages. 

  5. This week’s Caturday is brought to you by Social Media Week, which is coming to NYPL starting Monday. We have the opening reception, plus a bunch of really cool panel discussions - all free. So check out what we’re offering and drop by! Meanwhile, enjoy Dusty the cat (an employee’s beloved pet seen here) engaging in social media by looking at our Twitter page. Do you think she knows that we just reached 100,000 followers and are the number one public library on Twitter? Doubtful - but she’s cute!

    This week’s Caturday is brought to you by Social Media Week, which is coming to NYPL starting Monday. We have the opening reception, plus a bunch of really cool panel discussions - all free. So check out what we’re offering and drop by! Meanwhile, enjoy Dusty the cat (an employee’s beloved pet seen here) engaging in social media by looking at our Twitter page. Do you think she knows that we just reached 100,000 followers and are the number one public library on Twitter? Doubtful - but she’s cute!