January 2001 Volume 11, Number 1
Issued quarterly by the Friends of the New York State Newspaper Project
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
(December 31, 1900)
The last day of the nineteenth century began with alternate scowling and weeping, but even ill humor or remorse, or the combination of both, seemed to be having little effect upon the spirits of people whose faces showed that they were looking forward to the mystic hour of midnight when the chimes on Trinity Church will announce such a New Year's morn as no one who hears them understandingly has ever seen before or will ever see again. For it will be, indeed, the beginning of the "year of a hundred years," and it was not difficult to imagine a trace of this thought in the face of many a man gazing absently at his newspaper as the groaning motor or the panting engine carried him toward his business.
(September) Jennifer Palladino, Newspaper Project Catalog Librarian for New York City and Westchester County, set up the new PC workstations when they arrived at New York University. An inability to communicate with the Bobst Library network prevented online work from being immediately undertaken, although NYU newspaper inventory is well underway. A backlog is accumulating.
Bob Dowd updated the Project web site, including regeneration of all 124 newspaper bibliographies. The 'Newspapers in Microfilm' printout used by the reference staff in microforms on the New York State Library public floor has also been reissued. It is now a 250+ page document.
Fall semester at the State University of New York at Albany brought with it an influx of both new and returning students. The Collation Center is again fully staffed after losing people all summer.
(October) Jennifer finally got online, as the network connection at her NYU office was established. Online bibliographic work was at last commenced. The backlog shrinks!
(November) Tami Myers began work on the 6th of this month as our Project Assistant.
Kim Wobick was hired on the 28th as our newest Project Cataloger. She will commence work at Bobst Library on January 22, 2001.
Liza Duncan began work this month as Project Supervisor (New York State Library Principal Librarian, Collection Acquisition and Processing).
Jennifer and Bob commenced the field inventory of METRO NYC at the Union Club library. Judith Gelernter had called several people several times asking if we could look at her "closet full" of newspapers. The two-day inventory on the 9th & 10th failed to uncover any rare items, but it was a very good introduction to on-site cataloging.
20,474 newspapers cataloged;
9,497 of these published in N.Y. State
2,396,380 pages microfilmed (12/31)