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New strategy! New crowd! New team!

https://blogs.loc.gov/thesignal/2018/10/new-strategy-new-crowd-new-team/ Big news! We’ll launch a crowdsourcing program at the Library of Congress on October 24. We’re asking everyone to join us as we improve discovery and access across our diverse collections through transcription and tagging. The program is grounded

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Posted in Classification, Open Data, Libraries

Field Museum Enlists Volunteers To Digitize & Catalog Collection

Spent the morning geeking out @FieldMuseum, logging specimen from all over the country to help preserve the future of science! The coolest volunteer work I’ve ever done! You can still help out online! #WeDigBio pic.twitter.com/aaCcNC2XMr — Kara Oko (@KaraOko) October

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Posted in Museums

A New Way to Highlight: The memorization font

  Last week, Melbourne’s RMIT University unveiled Sans Foretica, a new custom-designed typeface that, according to its creators, helps readers retain what they read. The clunky, hard-to-read sans serif would probably be considered a “bad font” by typographers, who are

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Posted in Born Digital, Open Access

Jack Delano’s Color Photos of Chicago’s Rail Yards in the 1940s

I wanted to share this article I found from The Atlantic, which contains a collection of 21 high resolution color photographs taken by Jack Delano (1914 – 1997), a photographer who traveled through America’s countryside in the early 1940s, hoping

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Posted in Archives

Open Data and Hip-Hop: National Palace Museum

An event is going to be held by The National Palace Museum and government of Taiwan on October 27th to celebrate the success of the open data project about how the project inspires subculture communities in Taiwan. The event would

Posted in Open Data, Uncategorized

University of Rhode Island Opens AI Lab in Library

I thought this would be an interesting article to discuss, as the last one I found was reminiscent of the bias in AI issue (as discussed in INFO 653-02). This story, from Library Journal, provides a much more positive view

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Posted in Libraries, Library, Uncategorized

New borrowing initiative from the NYPL

This New York Times article discusses the new lending program started at the Riverside branch of the New York Public Library as a way to jump-start professional careers of young adults. The idea came about after a job hunt talk

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Migration of a Library Catalogue into RDA Linked Open Data

Earlier this year, information professionals Candela Gustavo, Rafael Carrasco, and Manuel Marco-Such from various library and university institutions in Spain published an article “Migration of a Library Catalogue into RDA Linked Open Data” in the Semantic Web Journal.  Here they

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Posted in Uncategorized, Library, Linked Open Data, LODLAM, Libraries

To Restore Civil Society, Start With the Library

This article from the New York Times on libraries and their purpose in our global modern day society, was very honest and heartfelt. I was touched when Eric Klinenberg (2018), the author, remarked upon how libraries are the backbone to

Posted in Libraries, Library, Open Access, Uncategorized

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