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Friends of the Mina Rees Library

Friends of the Library Annual Events

The Friends of the Mina Rees Library sponsor an annual public presentation on a topic of special interest to library donors.  You can view past events by clicking on the video links below.  

Brewster Kahle - 20 April 2015


Brewster Kahle founded the Internet Archive in 1996 to strive for “universal access to all knowledge.” The IA preserves vintage software, moving images, sound, and text. He is introduced by Professor William P. Kelly.

Watch the video here.

William Kelly and Robert Darnton - 29 April 2013

Graduate Center President William P. Kelly and Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Harvard University, and founder, Digital Public Library of America, discuss the new Digital Public Library of America and how research libraries serve the public interest.

Watch the video here.

From Map Sheets to Minecraft - 8 May 2014

Learn how archives can be opened up (NYPL’s map collection as a case study) and hear about the legal considerations underlying such projects from Ben Vershbow (Founder and Manager, NYPL Labs) and Greg Cram (NYPL’s Associate Director of Copyright & Information Policy).

Watch the video here.

Paul LeClerc - 17 April 2012


Friends of the Mina Rees Library present Paul LeClerc, former President of the New York Public Library, in conversation with CUNY Graduate Center President William P. Kelly and Professor William Kornblum.

Watch the video here.