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Posts Tagged ‘New York Public Library’

SUNY Students Set for NYC ‘Exotic Literacy Adventure’

SUNYCortlandLogoThere are ten students coming to New York City this weekend from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cortland, representing the courses “Rhetoric” and “The Evolution of Writing.” While most visitors headed for the Big Apple tingle over the prospect of things like a Broadway show and the view from the top of the Empire State, English professor David Franke is amped up about a less glitzy landmark:

The students’ visit to the New York Public Library will include a private tour of its rare book room. “They asked for the course syllabus and said they’d match the tour up carefully,” Franke said. “It’s just off-the-charts crazy exciting.”

Always great to behold a teacher who is passionate about their subject(s). Franke is the kind of instructor who correlates Smartphones with the hieroglyphic practices of ancient Egyptians. He also considers the advent of modern technology to be at the center of a third seismic writing-practices shift, following the invention of the alphabet and the development of the printing press.

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Public Already Having Fun with #NYPLPhotoBooth

At press time, nearly 4,000 photos have been tweeted and uploaded to a Flickr page by New York Public Library patrons. All part of a brand new social media campaign launched a few weeks ago.

Co.Exist staff writer Sydney Brownstone has the scoop:

The idea for the photo booths came together in a brainstorming session [NYPL vp of communications and marketing Ken] Weine had with Theresa Myrhol, head of the mid-Manhattan branch, when they were figuring out how to make going to the library a more engaging social media experience.

When a suggestion for patron photos came up, Weine remembered going to a basketball game with his son – they posed for a father-son shot in a photo booth, and then shared it widely with friends and family.

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