Monday, July 25, 2011

Inside the New York Public Library's All-Night Scavenger Hunt

How's this for programming?

"On Friday, May 20, 500 young adults gathered at the New York Public Library to spend the entire night indulging in an ambitious interactive game that would test their collaborative abilities while introducing them to the library's vast holdings. 'Find the Future at NYPL: The Game' was conjured up as part of a weekend of activities celebrating the library's centennial. Participants were picked from a field of 5000 applicants based on their creativity and ability to dream big, as demonstrated through an online submission process where they were asked, 'How do you want to make history and change the world?'"

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

World Music Download from Alexander Street and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

I received this message today and wanted to share it with our readers. 
World Music Download from Alexander Street 
and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
"By and By When the Morning Comes" the album Lead Belly Sings for Children by Lead Belly (SFW45047)  

From the Alexander Street Press Website:

"Our featured download from Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is "By and By When the Morning Comes" performed by Lead Belly, from the album Lead Belly Sings for Children. This collection features delightful songs for young children as well as the work songs, blues, and spirituals Lead Belly used to teach children about the experiences and emotions of adult life. Originally recorded in children's concerts and studios for Moses Asch and Folkways Records in the 1940s, the 28 songs and spoken introductions reveal the humor, humanity, and musical genius of one of the great artists of the twentieth century. For more information, and to download this track, click here.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Congratulations Poetry Contest Winner Regina Coleman

We in the University Library are as proud as we can be of our own Regina Coleman, whose poem "Sweet New Orleans" was a first prize winner in the Credo Reference poetry contest.  Regina manages our Acquisitions Department.  You can read her poem here.  Congratulations to a multi-talented member of the Library team!

Friday, July 1, 2011

New Library Website - Beta Version

The University Library is pleased to announce the launch of its redesigned website, currently in beta form. There is a link to the Beta site from the library's home page:

The Beta site is available during the summer and is updated continuously, so please bookmark it! We're very excited about it and hope you will be too. We'd love to hear your feedback for improvements. Please try it out and let us know what you think!