“Go Forth and Reuse!”

By Ish Stabosz
Center for Creative Instruction & Technology
Delaware Technical Community College
Stanton Campus

Last month, the New York Public Library announced the addition of almost 200,000 items to their digital collections. In their announcement, they make it clear that these are free to use without restriction with the following words:

No permission required, no hoops to jump through: just go forth and reuse!

Ever wonder how 1857 New York City was laid out?

NYC 1857

Or maybe what floor plans looked like in the early 1900s?

Floor Plan 1900s

Or how MIT classrooms were designed more than a century ago?

MIT classroom

The collection is big, and it provides some great material for use in your lessons. Consider how your discipline has changed in the past century? What conversations could you start with your students using an artifact that shows that change?

Explore the collection your self at http://digitalcollections.nypl.org/ and share your finds in the comments.

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