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Photos from Library School Project to Be Used in French TV Documentary

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 2/25/13 (8:19pm)

Well, here's some interesting news: A French TV production company called 'Temps Noir' is producing a documentary for the French TV station 'Arte' on the history of anarchism 'all around the world' and they want to use photos from an online project I did several years ago while at Library School at Queens College, CUNY.

The project was called 'Red Scare (1918-1921), an Image Database' and represented both my interest in American labor history as well as the still rather nascent technology of web content production. We're talking 1997-1998 here.

Anyway, once the project was completed, my colleagues at Baruch College, CUNY, were kind enough to put the exhibit on their servers where it has remained to this day. Every so often, I get a request to use one or more of the photos -- typically for print publication. This is my first documentary. Needless to say I look forward to getting a copy of the final product.

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9/11 -- All I Had to Do Was Turn Around

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sun, 9/11/11 (12:41am)

Everyone has their own story about 9/11; here's mine.

I was living on 12th St. between Avenues A & B in lower Manhattan. That day, a Tuesday, was like any normal work day. I was getting up, listening to the radio. Suddenly reports started coming in of an airplane crashing into one of the towers at the World Trade Center.

How could this have happened? I had just been there on the preceding Saturday if only to use the bathroom in the basement. The twin towers were a prominent fixture in the skyline whenever I looked south. How could something like this have happened?

Speculation on WNYC, the radio station I was listening to, ran the gamut from pilot error to intentional attack. One way or the other it was still too early to tell. Then the second plane hit and all doubt was put to rest.

I left the apartment stunned.

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9/11

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 9/11/10 (1:36pm)

9/11 is always a time of reflection and memories for me. I was living in Manhattan on 12th St. at the time. Here are some of the scenes I video-taped in the days following the attack.

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Blogger to End FTP-Blogging - Early Days of Library Blogging

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/2/10 (12:38pm)

blogger-logo.pngBlogger is shutting down its FTP service. That's a shame. It's what allowed me to put together one of the early blogs on a library web site -- at the end of 2002.

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My 9/11 Home Video: Lower Manhattan Two Weeks After the Attack

Submitted by Leo Klein on Fri, 9/11/09 (9:40am)

I've posted this before but every year at this time I'm reminded of the incredible tragedy that happened while I was living in New York and its aftermath.

It's strange but maybe understandable: my initial reaction immediately following the attack that morning -- after the shock and confusion -- was simply to go to work, show my face and help in any way needed.

In November, we'll be celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. I was there and it easily has to be the most significant public event I ever personally witnessed in a good way. By the same token, 9/11 had to be the worst.

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NYU Ref. Associates Reunion

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 1/17/09 (7:56am)
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Former NYU Reference Associates Leo, Andy and Mariana get together in NYC, first for a tour of Andy's current gig and then for din-din at a local restaurant.

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Bye-Bye Dailup at NYU

Submitted by Leo Klein on Mon, 1/5/09 (10:08am)

nyu_logo.gifReading my copy of Connect Magazine, which the IT People at NYU are kind enough to still send me, I notice that they're discontinuing Dailup Service as of January 20, 2009.

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New York Times Does 'Live Blogging'

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 2/19/08 (11:54pm)
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You know we've come a long way when the 'Grey Lady' herself starts doing 'live-blogging'.

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9/11 Home Video: Lower Manhattan Two Weeks After the Attack

Submitted by Leo Klein on Tue, 9/11/07 (5:08am)

I've witnessed two major events of "historical" proportions, one very good and one very bad. The very good one was the Fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The very bad one was 9/11 in New York.

At the time of 9/11, I was living in Manhattan. Here are a number of video clips I took around two weeks after the attack.

We see the flyers for missing persons, a NYFD Fire Station set up almost like a shrine; we see the World Trade Center in smoldering ruins with debris everywhere; finally we see energetic attempts to get things back in working order.

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Site of the Month: Queens Borough Public Library

Submitted by Leo Klein on Sat, 12/2/06 (4:57pm)

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The Queens Borough Library Website is so good that it made me want to do this review. It practically cried out for it. The developers have done a fantastic job. They've taken features we routinely find on other sites -- features like creating accounts, specifying preferences and grouping information -- and applied them to a library context.

In so doing, they've upped the standard of what a library website can do -- and what the public can expect from one. They've also provided a good model for other libraries to follow.

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