For the past two semesters, students taking my Information Services and Sources course (LIS 652) created miNYstories as part of the course requirements. miNYstories are short photo podcasts about New York City and each semester we have been inspired by a New York centric book.
First was E.B. White’s Here is New York and this semester the miNYstories were inspired by From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg
Students assembled photographs and music from public archives such as the New York Public Library Digital Gallery and the NYC Municipal Archive Gallery, and added them to a well-researched narrative.
The miNYstories tell about the history and style of public fountains in the city, the history of Automat restaurants, the history of waste management in the city, and many more.
It is quite amazing how much you can learn about New York by watching the miNYstories, I hope you take the time to do so.
Just like there are belated birthday cards, there should be a category of belated blog posts. I know this is coming a little late, but I feel it is still within reason, one month after the end of the academic school, to dedicate this, my first blog-post, to sum up my year.
Most of my research time was devoted to German Traces NYC the project that I worked on with my colleague Anthony Cocciolo. The project received nice attention in both the popular press and academic circles. We were asked to present the project to an IMLS panel, received the iSchool 2012 best poster award and have a forthcoming paper in Journal of Documentation.
Summer is here, and while I am certainly taking the time to read, meet with friends, and other leisure activities, I can’t rest on my laurels and have began work on some new research projects. More to come.