miNYstories are short multimedia narratives about New York City inspired by literary works. The miNYstories were created by students studying toward their master’s degree in Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science as part of their requirements for LIS 652 (Information Services and Sources) with Dr. Rabina.

The Spring 2012 miNYstories were inspired by E.B. White’s Here is New York. Written in 1949, E.B. Whiteʼs Here is New York is an ode of sorts to the City that was, and in many ways still is, for the book gives the sense of New York as being as timeless as the Grand Canyon.

The Fall 2012 miNYstories were inspired by From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E. L. Konigsburg. Published in 1967 and recipient of the 1968 Newbery Medal, it tells the adventures of two children who run away from their Connecticut home and hide in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

The Spring 2013 miNYstories explored the New York of Nikola Tesla and were inspired by a literary biography of Tesla, Lightning: A Novel by Jean Echenoz. Tesla, an underappreciated genius whose end was all but inevitable given his disturbed personality, typifies the eccentric New Yorker in this iconic city.

The Fall 2013 miNYstories are inspired by Allen Kurzweil’s novel The Grand Complication, the story of a New York City reference librarian enlisted to solve a mystery surrounding an 18th century cabinet of curiosities.

To promote the learning objectives of the course, students were asked to create stories based on research using reference materials and finding tools to locate secondary and primary source materials along with the use of public domain photographs and music in the digital stories.

Site created by Katherine Borkowski


  1. Chynella Taylor

    Would be nice to see the full description of the assignment here including “learning outcomes”. IMHO, this seems more appropriate for an archives or special collections course than information servics and sources..

    • Thank you for this comment. Taken together with all the other assignments of this course I believe it covers the spectrum of the ways in which students use reference sources. With regard to learning outcomes, I gave a small sample of learning outcomes on a post on Dig_Ref. This project is a pilot in anticipation of the e-portfolio we are instituting beginning Fall 2012 and the goals are mapped to the learning outcomes outlined in the portfolio requirements.

  2. Edana McCaffery Cichanowicz

    What a creative spin for a reference course!

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