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This is a guide intended to provide library students the resources to help them experience the different opportunities that New York City has to offer.

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Introducing this LibGuide

About this LibGuide

This is a guide intended to provide library students the resources to help them experience the different opportunities that New York City has to offer. By focusing on the main topic areas such as libraries, museums, bookstores, educational resources, professional associations, and book fairs and festivals. As library information students, we wanted to not only make note of major institutions and resources, but also lesser known ones that we have found beneficial as students in New York City. Each page is filled with rich information, links, images, and videos to help users effectively absorb and use this guide. It is our hope that new students can rely on this guide for assignments, career choices, and overall inspiration for opportunities in the field.


  • American Library Association. (2018). Retrieved from http://www.ala.org/

This resource, as mentioned in the associations page of this guide, is truly a staple in for library students of all disciplines. This organization sets the standards and core competencies used by ALA accredited institutions. Pratt has a student chapter of ALA, called PALA, and simply being an information student automatically makes you a part of it. However, it’s important to use the educational resources present on this website and integrate their tools in research and assignments at Pratt. Being an active part of ALA will undoubtedly provide a plethora of advantages for information students.

 

  • Casey, Nell. (2015). Map: Manhattan’s disappearing bookstores. Gothamist. Retrieved from http://gothamist.com/2015/01/30/rip_nyc_bookstores.php

The most attractive aspect of this site is that there is an interactive Google map of bookstores in Manhattan from 1950 to 2014. Readers may click through decade by decade for an intimate look at what shops have stood the test of time, or press play to watch shops twinkle and die through the past 60 years. Not only the brief description, but a visual image can help student to understand the decline in the number of bookstores in the past decades.

 

  • Multnomah County Library. (n.d.). Effective library internships: A toolkit for success [PDF file]. Retrieved from http://interns.multcolib.org/EffectiveLibraryInternshipsFULL.pdf

This is a comprehensive project conducted by the Multnomah County Library that contains over 80 pages of ideas, tips, and other informative suggestions that is aimed at library staff members who are looking to host interns. However, we chose this resource because there is also very helpful information in Chapter 1 on defining the role of internships in libraries and lists potential benefits for interns and libraries. Students will find this to be beneficial in understanding what to expect out of internships and the point of the view of the libraries that may employ them.

 

  • New York State Education Department. (2016). Summary of library statistics: New York State, 2014. Retrieved from http://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/libs/stats.html

This resource was chosen because we believe it would be useful for library students to have statistical knowledge of data relating to libraries in New York. The chart provides a broad look into the number of libraries in the state, which are separated by type, and the expenditures on salaries and materials.

 

  • North American Fairs. (2018). Retrieved from http://bookfairs.com/fairs.html

This website is the most comprehensive guide and resource for American and international book fairs, festivals, and all things book-related. Their list in consistently updated with dates provided for a year in advance. One of the missions of BFDC is to spread awareness of lesser known publishers, associations, literary societies, and the people behind these successful and elaborate festivals. Keeping these events on the horizon is a great opportunity for students to meet and network, as well as gain exposure to a very specific sect of the information world.

 

  • Welch, K. (2016). The 10 best museums in NYC you’ve never heard of. Walks of New York. Retrieved from https://www.walksofnewyork.com/blog/best-nyc-museums

Many people are aware of the more popular museums, but we wanted to also include lesser known and niche museums on the libguide as well. This article can be of interest to students who want to learn more about the history and culture of NYC by visiting museums like The Tenement Museum and The Noguchi Museum are.

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