About Future Use

FUTURE USE… is a firing line of ideas by Andy McCarthy, a midtown reference librarian and former NYC doubledecker bus tour guide.

These days information is all the candy, just like the old days. The bloggogos and dotcomiks employ resources which years back would have been too time-consumable and undeadlinable. The newspaper of record co-opts Twitter pics of the everywoman who just happened to be where when, with a personal digital photographic device to capture the living history…

Libraries offer unprecedented research databases of archives and special collections, but they are deep web, and often will not pop up when searching “the google process.”

Where is anything? And who is using it? And for what, I’d like to know?

The informatae informatam got the People daffy…

Future Use jots the acts of information in the public and researchable world, when they pop up, when there’s time.

Contributions and comments welcome…


The Deuce                                                                                                                                                                                              A monologue and slideshow on the history and persona of old West 42nd Street.  Performed monthly at Nitehawk Cinema.

Roister                                                                                                                                                                                              songs | monologues | movies | WQMC Queens College radio show

Writings                                                                                                                                                                                                New York Public Library Blog

Notes on a Bio-Bibliography: James Forman and the Civil Rights Archive at CUNY-Queens College.

Brooklyn Historical Society blog, writings on Brooklyn history as the Reference Librarian for BHS.

Cleo, at The Chiseler.

The Racket-Buster, at The Chiseler.

From Broadway to Bombay: Marty Reisman, at The Chiseler.

John Doe, alias “God”, at The Chiseler.

The Downtown Loop, New York writings.

The Shine Box, movies & TV writings.

Campus Whits, journal of ideas for Queens College Student Voices writing project.

Alt Screen, movie writings.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FutureUse


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