Tuesday, May 17, 2011

"A Strip of Papyrus"

I would like you all to meet Biblion: The Boundless Library...the New York Public Library's first iPad app... and a project on which I have been working (as part of an excruciatingly talented team) for the past several months.

Biblion is a digital relaunch of a retired journal of the same name. In this first digital edition... Biblion: World's Fair, the Library has included more than 700 items from the Manuscripts and Archives Division's 1939 and 1940 New York World's Fair collection... through which you can explore in a "multilinear reading experience." By navigating through "links" that appear in yellow tabs throughout the stories, essays and galleries, you can jump "from stack to stack," hopefully encountering the same thrilling and serendipitous experience as you would have rifling through the boxes and folders themselves.

You can download the app from the App Store... and look out for a web version later in the summer.

Keep your eyes peeled for some of my favorite items:
A photo of the winner of the Handsomest Ice Man in New York, interviews with candidates in the "Typical American Family" contest, Babe Ruth's signature, an oversized map of the Fairgrounds superimposed over Manhattan, a retro Fair bumper sticker, a sketch of a fabulous hat for employees, the story of the near-doomed Czechoslovakia pavilion, and oh, so so much more....

[If you are curious about the title of this post... it is an original meaning of the Greek word "biblion."]

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