Friday, May 25, 2012
Friday, May 18, 2012
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
The Boston Immigrants: Bringing Four Centuries of Tradition and Innovation to The City upon a Hill exhibit is now on Flickr
The Library invites you to view its current exhibit, Boston Immigrants: Bringing Four Centuries of Tradition and Innovation to The City upon a Hill on its Flickr website. This exhibit shows materials from the State Library of Massachusetts’ collections highlighting the history of Boston’s immigrants and their contributions to the Commonwealth.
|Image adapted from Boston: Bird’s-eye View from the North, 1877|
Posted by State Library Staff at 9:15 AM
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
May is National Photography Month! People are taking more photos now than ever before, thanks to the advancements of digital photographic processes. And because of the Internet, photographs can now be uploaded and shared almost instantaneously with anyone in almost any part of the world. The State Library is currently working on its own photographic digitization projects: in the works is the digitization of our collection of WWI Massachusetts soldiers, and also of our legislative photograph collection.
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Even if you are old enough to know what it is, you would probably consider the card catalog to be a relic of the past. The State Library still has one, but its days are numbered thanks to a $400,000 Fiscal Year 2012 capital investment grant from the Executive Office for Administration and Finance, Information Technology Division to create a virtual library. This grant is part of Governor Deval Patrick’s Capital Investment Plan for the Future of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
With these generous funds, the State Library is undertaking a project to retrospectively convert almost 100,000 catalog cards to automated records in the library’s online catalog .
This project will provide the citizens of the Commonwealth, and users throughout the world, virtual access to all the library’s research materials and allow them to immediately initiate requests to use these materials. Currently, these historically rich and unique collections are essentially hidden within the card catalog drawers and remain invisible beyond the physical library walls. Keep checking back to see what we can show you as these treasures are uncovered!