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This podcast is a collection of audio stories from the libraries, archives, and museums of New York City. It is brought to you by the Metropolitan New York Library Council, where the libraries and archives of New York comes together to learn, share ideas, and collaborate.

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#18 Presenting Preserve This Podcast!

Enjoy this clip from a new podcast that Library Bytegeist host and producer, Molly Schwartz, has been working on! It's called Preserve This Podcast. You can find more information on our website, at www.preservethispodcast.org. Episode 18 transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xVS-XXlEx3kggw9artPMjSDhkPQpSKpjURDi_Xut8hk/edit “The Podsucker” is a machine that Jason Scott built in his basement 15 years ago. Jason was trying to capture all the podcasts -- before they disappear. Preserve This Podcast is a series about how podcasts are disappearing. And what podcasters can do to save them. Follow along with our podcast preservation exercises by downloading the zine at [preservethispodcast.org][1]. - More about Jason Scott's podcast archiving work on [his website: ASCII by Jason Scott][2] - More about Dave Winer's RSS work on [his website: RSS on the desktop, 15 years later][3] - [Download/print our zine][4] from our website to prepare for Episode 1, coming out March 21st! [1]: http://preservethispodcast.org/#zine [2]: http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/844 [3]: http://scripting.com/2017/03/30/rssOnTheDesktop15YearsLater.html [4]: http://preservethispodcast.org/#zine

6 MINAPR 24
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#18 Presenting Preserve This Podcast!

#17 At Home in the Library

This episode of Library Bytegeist is all about New York’s public libraries and the people who inhabit them. In a city that has a reputation for being inhospitable, many people have found a makeshift home away from home in the library. Leila Goldstein reports a story about the live-in custodians and their families who used to have apartments in NYPL. Noam Osband reports a story about Brooklyn Public Library's experiments with new furniture to make library spaces more flexible. Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cOp_s5z2S2vS0aFYVjsvn6U5p30QT_ByyDjX2WcQkxA/edit?usp=sharing Hosted and Produced by Molly Schwartz Reported features by Leila Goldstein and Noam Osband Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Music and Soundtracks: Opening track: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald from the YouTube Audio Library “Rarified” by Podington Bear from www.soundofpicture.com "Magical Dirt" by Sir Cubworth from the YouTube Audio Library Closing track: "Red Hair, Blue Sky" by Monplaisir from the Free M...

31 MIN2018 SEP 14
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#17 At Home in the Library

#16 Collectors, Keepers, and a Kitchen Sister

This episode of Library Bytegeist is all about collectors and keepers. The people who go through life gathering and capturing and saving things. First up, we have a short story by Sarah Esocoff about Collector’s Night in NYC (minute 2:38 - 9:56). Then, we have an interview Nikki Silva, one half of a radio duo known as the Kitchen Sisters (minute 10:40 - 38:18). The Kitchen Sisters have produced hundreds of stories for NPR and other public radio programs. In this interview, Nikki breaks down how she and Davia Nelson find and use archival audio, and how they became accidental archivists in the process. The Kitchen Sisters are launching a new series called “The Keepers,” and they’re looking for stories about archivists, librarians, and curators. You can call The Keepers Hotline at 415-496-9049 and listen to their work on their podcast, "The Kitchen Sisters Present," part of Radiotopia's collective of independent producers. Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ejXGbKPEMWn...

39 MIN2018 JUL 10
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#16 Collectors, Keepers, and a Kitchen Sister

#15 Classifying Books, Classifying People

The Dewey Decimal System is the most popular library classification system in the world. It was created by a man, named Melvil Dewey, in the late 1870's. And Dewey's system of classifying knowledge reflects his worldview as a white man living in the late 19th century. In this episode of Library Bytegeist, we break down the Dewey Decimal System and talk frankly about the power and pitfalls of classifying. We'll visit the Bard High School Early College in Queens to find out about how students there are planning to rebel from the Dewey Decimal System, and talk to Greg Cotton (Cornell College), Barbara Fister (Gustavus Adolphus College), and Dorothy Berry (Umbra Search Project). Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cnCgQFM3HYqN_EnZ8SV5TwP_-czrYtZAoqwKUDUC3dk/edit?usp=sharing Hosted and Produced by Molly Schwartz Editing help from the Metropolitan New York Library Council staff and Peter Balonon-Rosen Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Music and Soundtracks: Opening track: “Magi...

22 MIN2018 MAY 4
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#15 Classifying Books, Classifying People

#14 Bye bye Bytegeist ... a year in review!

One year ago today, we post the first episode of Library Bytegeist. Molly Schwartz, METRO’s Studio Manager who also hosts and produces LB, decided to take the 14th episode to put together a kind of “year in review.” It’s a look back at the year gone by, including audio snippets from past episodes, a short history of how the podcast came into being, and a reflection on all of the changes that METRO has been through in the past year. And there are also a couple of announcements about what’s in store for the future of LB … so listen away and stay tuned! Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Music and Soundtracks: “Wendy Critical Reader // Walter Scott // ASMR Page Turning” by ~tingleheads~ from YouTube Opening track: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald from the YouTube Audio Library "Rodeo Show" by The Green Orbs from the YouTube Audio Library “Electric car start-up and drive away” by evsecrets from freesound.org “Car_Start_Drive_1.wav” by Duesenbert from freesound.org “Typing” by yugi...

11 MIN2017 NOV 16
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#14 Bye bye Bytegeist ... a year in review!

#13 Talking GitHub with Dinah Handel and Ethan Gates

GitHub is a great tool for collaborating and providing access to content -- which makes it a great tool for libraries and archives! Dinah Handel (NYPL) and Ethan Gates (NYU) taught an introductory GitHub workshop at METRO on August 2, 2017. This is a supplementary episode about what they covered in their workshop. Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Related Links: METRO's website on GitHub: https://github.com/mnylc/mnylc.github.io XFR Collective: https://xfrcollective.wordpress.com/ Mango: Git Completely Decentralised: https://medium.com/@alexberegszaszi/mango-git-completely-decentralised-7aef8bcbcfe6 Music and Soundtracks: Opening and closing tracks: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald from the YouTube Audio Library “All the Colors in the World” by Podington Bear from the Free Music Archive Tools used to record this podcast: Blue Yeti microphone: www.bluemic.com/products/yeti/ Transcribe: transcribe.wreally.com/app Reaper: www.reaper.fm/ Izotope Rx Plugins: https://www.izotope.com/en/product...

12 MIN2017 SEP 5
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#13 Talking GitHub with Dinah Handel and Ethan Gates

#12 Talking Project Code with NYPL’s Brandy McNeil

Brandy McNeil is the Associate Director for Technology Education at the New York Public Library. Over 100,000 New Yorkers come through their TechConnect classes in 89 branch libraries across Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. We talk to Brandy about how she has expanded the program to include advanced computer programming classes as part of Project Code, and how these classes changed the life of Vera Zago, who quit her job to become a full-stack engineer. CORRECTION: The woman who donated her first paycheck back to NYPL had participate in TechConnect's office classes, not Project Code. Rough Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ieQNc3EEGGjxfTtE_eEmUA2fXjlv-R7tWlrZgZe-0fw/edit?usp=sharing Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Further Reading: “Library has site stuff: Coding classes at New York Public Library draw thousands, and 73% of the students are women” by Erica Perason in New York Daily News, June 8, 2015: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/coding-classes-nypl-dra...

21 MIN2017 JUL 27
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#12 Talking Project Code with NYPL’s Brandy McNeil

#11 Talking Internet Filters in Public Libraries with Westchester Library System's Rob Caluori

Public libraries are important access points to the internet. But sometimes people use library computers to engage in activities that are controversial activities for public spaces, like watching pornography. We sat down with Rob Caluori, the Director of Information Technology for the Westchester Library System, to talk about the techniques libraries use to provide open, secure, and safe access to the internet. Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Further Reading: American Council of the Blind v. Boorstin: http://www.leagle.com/decision/19861455644FSupp811_11311.xml "Braille Playboy Under Fire" by Lloyd Grove, July 19, 1985 https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1985/07/19/braille-playboy-under-fire/3683a16a-8a3d-471b-8d6c-c0a7e2e72cc5/?utm_term=.6b9a53bc5562 FAQs on E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/universal-service-program-schools-and-libraries-e-rate Music and Soundtracks: Opening track: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald from the YouTu...

21 MIN2017 JUL 5
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#11 Talking Internet Filters in Public Libraries with Westchester Library System's Rob Caluori

#10 Talking Libraries in the EU with Ilona Kish

Ilona Kish is the program director of Reading & Writing Foundation in Brussels, Belgium. She stopped by METRO's offices on June 21, 2017 to give a talk about the initiatives she has led to harmonize library lobbying efforts in the EU. We had a quick chat about some of the topics she covered, including the importance of getting MEPs into the library and some of her favorite libraries in Europe. ools used to record this podcast: Blue Yeti microphone: www.bluemic.com/products/yeti/ Transcribe: transcribe.wreally.com/app Reaper: www.reaper.fm/ Izotope: www.izotope.com/en/products/repai…plug-in-pack.html Music and Soundtracks: Opening track: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald Closing track from the Free Music Archive: "All the Colors in the World" by Podington Bear http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Indie_Folk/All_The_Colors_In_The_World

7 MIN2017 JUN 23
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#10 Talking Libraries in the EU with Ilona Kish

#9 Talking Mesh Networks with Raul Enriquez and Mario Peart [LIVE RECORDING]

In this live recording at BRIC Media Arts for the Public Access / Open Networks exhibit, Molly was joined by the New America Foundation's Raul Enriquez and Gowanus Digital Steward Mario Peart to talk about the community-run mesh wifi networks they are setting up around Brooklyn to build resilient communities. Links: New America Foundation's RISE:NYC initiative: https://www.newamerica.org/resilient-communities/flexible-future-ready-networks/rise-nyc/ Public Access / Open Networks exhibit at BRIC: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/art-exhibitions/public-accessopen-networks Music and Soundtracks: Opening and closing track: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald Recorded live by BRIC staff

29 MIN2017 MAY 31
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#9 Talking Mesh Networks with Raul Enriquez and Mario Peart [LIVE RECORDING]

Latest Episodes

#18 Presenting Preserve This Podcast!

Enjoy this clip from a new podcast that Library Bytegeist host and producer, Molly Schwartz, has been working on! It's called Preserve This Podcast. You can find more information on our website, at www.preservethispodcast.org. Episode 18 transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1xVS-XXlEx3kggw9artPMjSDhkPQpSKpjURDi_Xut8hk/edit “The Podsucker” is a machine that Jason Scott built in his basement 15 years ago. Jason was trying to capture all the podcasts -- before they disappear. Preserve This Podcast is a series about how podcasts are disappearing. And what podcasters can do to save them. Follow along with our podcast preservation exercises by downloading the zine at [preservethispodcast.org][1]. - More about Jason Scott's podcast archiving work on [his website: ASCII by Jason Scott][2] - More about Dave Winer's RSS work on [his website: RSS on the desktop, 15 years later][3] - [Download/print our zine][4] from our website to prepare for Episode 1, coming out March 21st! [1]: http://preservethispodcast.org/#zine [2]: http://ascii.textfiles.com/archives/844 [3]: http://scripting.com/2017/03/30/rssOnTheDesktop15YearsLater.html [4]: http://preservethispodcast.org/#zine

6 MINAPR 24
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#18 Presenting Preserve This Podcast!

#17 At Home in the Library

This episode of Library Bytegeist is all about New York’s public libraries and the people who inhabit them. In a city that has a reputation for being inhospitable, many people have found a makeshift home away from home in the library. Leila Goldstein reports a story about the live-in custodians and their families who used to have apartments in NYPL. Noam Osband reports a story about Brooklyn Public Library's experiments with new furniture to make library spaces more flexible. Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cOp_s5z2S2vS0aFYVjsvn6U5p30QT_ByyDjX2WcQkxA/edit?usp=sharing Hosted and Produced by Molly Schwartz Reported features by Leila Goldstein and Noam Osband Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Music and Soundtracks: Opening track: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald from the YouTube Audio Library “Rarified” by Podington Bear from www.soundofpicture.com "Magical Dirt" by Sir Cubworth from the YouTube Audio Library Closing track: "Red Hair, Blue Sky" by Monplaisir from the Free M...

31 MIN2018 SEP 14
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#17 At Home in the Library

#16 Collectors, Keepers, and a Kitchen Sister

This episode of Library Bytegeist is all about collectors and keepers. The people who go through life gathering and capturing and saving things. First up, we have a short story by Sarah Esocoff about Collector’s Night in NYC (minute 2:38 - 9:56). Then, we have an interview Nikki Silva, one half of a radio duo known as the Kitchen Sisters (minute 10:40 - 38:18). The Kitchen Sisters have produced hundreds of stories for NPR and other public radio programs. In this interview, Nikki breaks down how she and Davia Nelson find and use archival audio, and how they became accidental archivists in the process. The Kitchen Sisters are launching a new series called “The Keepers,” and they’re looking for stories about archivists, librarians, and curators. You can call The Keepers Hotline at 415-496-9049 and listen to their work on their podcast, "The Kitchen Sisters Present," part of Radiotopia's collective of independent producers. Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ejXGbKPEMWn...

39 MIN2018 JUL 10
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#16 Collectors, Keepers, and a Kitchen Sister

#15 Classifying Books, Classifying People

The Dewey Decimal System is the most popular library classification system in the world. It was created by a man, named Melvil Dewey, in the late 1870's. And Dewey's system of classifying knowledge reflects his worldview as a white man living in the late 19th century. In this episode of Library Bytegeist, we break down the Dewey Decimal System and talk frankly about the power and pitfalls of classifying. We'll visit the Bard High School Early College in Queens to find out about how students there are planning to rebel from the Dewey Decimal System, and talk to Greg Cotton (Cornell College), Barbara Fister (Gustavus Adolphus College), and Dorothy Berry (Umbra Search Project). Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1cnCgQFM3HYqN_EnZ8SV5TwP_-czrYtZAoqwKUDUC3dk/edit?usp=sharing Hosted and Produced by Molly Schwartz Editing help from the Metropolitan New York Library Council staff and Peter Balonon-Rosen Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Music and Soundtracks: Opening track: “Magi...

22 MIN2018 MAY 4
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#15 Classifying Books, Classifying People

#14 Bye bye Bytegeist ... a year in review!

One year ago today, we post the first episode of Library Bytegeist. Molly Schwartz, METRO’s Studio Manager who also hosts and produces LB, decided to take the 14th episode to put together a kind of “year in review.” It’s a look back at the year gone by, including audio snippets from past episodes, a short history of how the podcast came into being, and a reflection on all of the changes that METRO has been through in the past year. And there are also a couple of announcements about what’s in store for the future of LB … so listen away and stay tuned! Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Music and Soundtracks: “Wendy Critical Reader // Walter Scott // ASMR Page Turning” by ~tingleheads~ from YouTube Opening track: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald from the YouTube Audio Library "Rodeo Show" by The Green Orbs from the YouTube Audio Library “Electric car start-up and drive away” by evsecrets from freesound.org “Car_Start_Drive_1.wav” by Duesenbert from freesound.org “Typing” by yugi...

11 MIN2017 NOV 16
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#14 Bye bye Bytegeist ... a year in review!

#13 Talking GitHub with Dinah Handel and Ethan Gates

GitHub is a great tool for collaborating and providing access to content -- which makes it a great tool for libraries and archives! Dinah Handel (NYPL) and Ethan Gates (NYU) taught an introductory GitHub workshop at METRO on August 2, 2017. This is a supplementary episode about what they covered in their workshop. Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Related Links: METRO's website on GitHub: https://github.com/mnylc/mnylc.github.io XFR Collective: https://xfrcollective.wordpress.com/ Mango: Git Completely Decentralised: https://medium.com/@alexberegszaszi/mango-git-completely-decentralised-7aef8bcbcfe6 Music and Soundtracks: Opening and closing tracks: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald from the YouTube Audio Library “All the Colors in the World” by Podington Bear from the Free Music Archive Tools used to record this podcast: Blue Yeti microphone: www.bluemic.com/products/yeti/ Transcribe: transcribe.wreally.com/app Reaper: www.reaper.fm/ Izotope Rx Plugins: https://www.izotope.com/en/product...

12 MIN2017 SEP 5
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#13 Talking GitHub with Dinah Handel and Ethan Gates

#12 Talking Project Code with NYPL’s Brandy McNeil

Brandy McNeil is the Associate Director for Technology Education at the New York Public Library. Over 100,000 New Yorkers come through their TechConnect classes in 89 branch libraries across Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island. We talk to Brandy about how she has expanded the program to include advanced computer programming classes as part of Project Code, and how these classes changed the life of Vera Zago, who quit her job to become a full-stack engineer. CORRECTION: The woman who donated her first paycheck back to NYPL had participate in TechConnect's office classes, not Project Code. Rough Transcript: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ieQNc3EEGGjxfTtE_eEmUA2fXjlv-R7tWlrZgZe-0fw/edit?usp=sharing Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Further Reading: “Library has site stuff: Coding classes at New York Public Library draw thousands, and 73% of the students are women” by Erica Perason in New York Daily News, June 8, 2015: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/coding-classes-nypl-dra...

21 MIN2017 JUL 27
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#12 Talking Project Code with NYPL’s Brandy McNeil

#11 Talking Internet Filters in Public Libraries with Westchester Library System's Rob Caluori

Public libraries are important access points to the internet. But sometimes people use library computers to engage in activities that are controversial activities for public spaces, like watching pornography. We sat down with Rob Caluori, the Director of Information Technology for the Westchester Library System, to talk about the techniques libraries use to provide open, secure, and safe access to the internet. Audio Mastering by Dalton Harts Further Reading: American Council of the Blind v. Boorstin: http://www.leagle.com/decision/19861455644FSupp811_11311.xml "Braille Playboy Under Fire" by Lloyd Grove, July 19, 1985 https://www.washingtonpost.com/archive/lifestyle/1985/07/19/braille-playboy-under-fire/3683a16a-8a3d-471b-8d6c-c0a7e2e72cc5/?utm_term=.6b9a53bc5562 FAQs on E-Rate Program for Schools and Libraries: https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/universal-service-program-schools-and-libraries-e-rate Music and Soundtracks: Opening track: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald from the YouTu...

21 MIN2017 JUL 5
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#11 Talking Internet Filters in Public Libraries with Westchester Library System's Rob Caluori

#10 Talking Libraries in the EU with Ilona Kish

Ilona Kish is the program director of Reading & Writing Foundation in Brussels, Belgium. She stopped by METRO's offices on June 21, 2017 to give a talk about the initiatives she has led to harmonize library lobbying efforts in the EU. We had a quick chat about some of the topics she covered, including the importance of getting MEPs into the library and some of her favorite libraries in Europe. ools used to record this podcast: Blue Yeti microphone: www.bluemic.com/products/yeti/ Transcribe: transcribe.wreally.com/app Reaper: www.reaper.fm/ Izotope: www.izotope.com/en/products/repai…plug-in-pack.html Music and Soundtracks: Opening track: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald Closing track from the Free Music Archive: "All the Colors in the World" by Podington Bear http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Podington_Bear/Indie_Folk/All_The_Colors_In_The_World

7 MIN2017 JUN 23
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#10 Talking Libraries in the EU with Ilona Kish

#9 Talking Mesh Networks with Raul Enriquez and Mario Peart [LIVE RECORDING]

In this live recording at BRIC Media Arts for the Public Access / Open Networks exhibit, Molly was joined by the New America Foundation's Raul Enriquez and Gowanus Digital Steward Mario Peart to talk about the community-run mesh wifi networks they are setting up around Brooklyn to build resilient communities. Links: New America Foundation's RISE:NYC initiative: https://www.newamerica.org/resilient-communities/flexible-future-ready-networks/rise-nyc/ Public Access / Open Networks exhibit at BRIC: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/art-exhibitions/public-accessopen-networks Music and Soundtracks: Opening and closing track: “Magic” by Otis MacDonald Recorded live by BRIC staff

29 MIN2017 MAY 31
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#9 Talking Mesh Networks with Raul Enriquez and Mario Peart [LIVE RECORDING]
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