Zik is among the many outraged to see graffiti scrawled all along the Dartmouth Street side of the Copley Square library this morning.
Mayor Walsh's office announced today that Bob Gallery,president of Bank of America Massachusetts is the Boston Public Library's new trustees chairman.
The case of the missing prints also forced the resignation of BPL President Amy Ryan; BPL is in the midst of preparing a search for a new library president.
Along with Gallery's appointment, the mayor's office also announced the appointment of Cheryl Cronin, a partner at Cronin & Leonard LLP, to the BPL board of trustees.
BPL trustees today agreed to rent space in the renovated Johnston building to WGBH, which will build a news bureau and studio, and the library's existing cafeteria operator, which will build a new cafe.
A tentative contract calls for WGBH to build an 800-square-foot bureau and anchor desk, where library visitors will be able to watch WGBH news people talk into microphones.
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The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library (BPL) is hosting an exhibition, "We Are One, Mapping America's road from revolution to independence" to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the colonial resistance to the British Stamp Act.
This week, four new maps from the King George III Topographical Collection and other collections at the British Library were added to the exhibition. These maps are "one-of-a-kind", watercolor paintings in a beautiful 18th-century style. Read more.
Anthony Sammarco reports somebody borrowed a collection of photos and documents related to the old West End from the BPL's West End branch and then just never returned them.
A collection of West End photographs and archives was loaned to someone who has not returned it to the West End Library. We are looking to recreate a collection on the Lost West End. Any photographs or materials on the once thriving neighborhood would be greatly appreciated. Please send to West End Library, 151 Cambridge Street, Boston, MA 02114. Let's recreate what has been lost by theft.
Sup3rmark shows us the main library in Copley Square today.
The Globe gets an advance look at a report that tears into the Boston Public Library for the disarray of its valuable print collection.
City Councilor Steve Murphy said today he has postponed a planned hearing Monday on the Boston Public Library's handling of valuable prints and other items, not because two of those items, worth an estimated $630,000, turned up misfiled rather than stolen, but because he does not want to "compromise the integrity" of federal and city investigations into "the whereabouts of library valuables." Read More
The Boston Public Library reported this afternoon an employee found the two prints that had gone missing more than a year ago. They weren't stolen, they were just misfiled.
The Rembrandt and DÃ¼rer were found together in Row 14B, Bay 3 on Shelf 2, approximately 80 feet from where the items should have been filed. Fourteen staff members searched 180,000 of the print stackâ€™s 320,000 items (including 200,000 prints and drawings in the Print Collection and 120,000 chromolithographs), totaling 38 rows of the 60 rows of print stacks, or about 60% of the inventory. Nine offices, work rooms, and reading rooms had also been searched. The Durer and Rembrandt have been refiled.
Suddenly outgoing BPL President Amy Ryan announced the find not long after at-large City Councilor Steve Murphy called for all of the library trustees to quit immediately.
At-large City Councilor Steve Murphy predicts the items we know about that are missing from the BPL are only "the mere tip of the iceberg" and is calling on all of the library's trustees to follow President Amy Ryan and submit their resignations immediately. Read more.
Boston Public Library President Amy Ryan announced her resignation today, hours after a library trustees meeting at which an aide to the mayor accused her and the library of not doing enough to protect valuable holdings, such as prints recently reported missing from the central library.
Ryan, who came to Boston from Minnesota eight years ago, is stepping down effective July 3. In a statement, she said: Read more.
The Herald reports the keeper of special collections at the BPL in Copley Square has been put on leave as police and now the FBI investigate the disappearance of two valuable prints from the library.
The Herald reports on the disappearance of a Rembrandt etching and a Durer engraving.
A concerned citizen squints:
The Hyde Park branch of the BPL has over 25 light bulbs out in the main reading/study room. Upon inquiring about this, I was referred to the custodian who told me work orders have been in for a very long time and there are over 105 lights output in the whole library. Granted that a special lift is necessary, but lighting is crucial in a reading/study/research area. Please help get us some lighting!
J. Patience was startled by the retail-lease sign on the side of the new wing of the under-renovation BPL main library in Copley Square.
Earlier this month, BPL trustees issued an RFP for companies interested in leasing the space, at the corner of Boylston and Exeter in the under-renovation Johnson wing.