Author Archives: Jacob Nadal

About Jacob Nadal

Jacob Nadal served as Director Library and Archives for the Brooklyn Historical Society from 2012-2014. Prior to this, Jake has worked on collection management, preservation and conservation, and digital library projects in a variety of different settings, from major research libraries to post-conflict archives in Liberia. He served as the Preservation Officer for UCLA Library, Preservation Field Service Librarian and Acting Head of Collections Care for The New York Public Library, and as Head of the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Laboratory at Indiana University, Bloomington. He teaches in graduate programs in library and information science and leads professional workshops with numerous state and local cultural heritage groups. He received a Masters degree in Library Science from Indiana University, Bloomington and a Bachelors degree in Music from the University of Puget Sound.

Happy Fourth of July!

  Americans celebrate July 4th as the day that the American colonies declared independence from the British. Here at BHS, we also celebrate July 4, 1827 as Emancipation Day — the day that slavery was finally abolished in New York … Continue reading

Posted in Brooklyn Past & Present | Leave a comment

Loosely collected thoughts: Digital Cultural Heritage and User Experience

“You can’t back up the Internet.” That was from Aaron Straup Cope, and he was talking about digital preservation, but it could have been the subtitle for the whole day last Friday, at the Digital Cultural Heritage and User Experience … Continue reading

Posted in Library & Archives | 3 Comments

Matthew Lewandowski: Design Drawings and Die-sets

BHS actively collects documents, artworks, and artifacts that support our mission ad collection development goals. In librarian and museum parlance, we call this acquisition and accessioning. Accessioning has its etymological roots in Latin, as a concept in property law (think … Continue reading

Posted in Library & Archives | 2 Comments

Capstones and Cornerstones

It’s quiet in the library for a few more minutes. The staff will start to arrive around 9, the first school tour will flow in around 10 am, soon enough the doors will open for researchers, and then at 5, … Continue reading

Posted in Library & Archives | Leave a comment

Progress on Documenting Sandy, from the Director of Library and Archives

The history of Brooklyn contains many stories of resilience and reinvention and Hurricane Sandy adds another chapter to that account. Brooklyn has come out in force to help this recovery and Brooklyn Historical Society is committed to doing its part … Continue reading

Posted in Library & Archives | Leave a comment