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How Do We Classify The Stars In The Universe?

One of the advantages of developing a universal classification system for any field of study is the ability to make distinctions between things that may share certain characteristics but are nonetheless different. A standardized system also facilitates the communication of

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Jerome Robbins and the NYPL: How can dance, history, and politics interact in an archival context?

The task of archiving dance is notoriously sisyphean. As an inherently ephemeral medium, what constraints is dance archiving subject to, and how can those be overcome? Further, choreographers are historically “behind the scenes,” not often subject to the scrutiny and

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Dewey? At This Library With a Very Different Outlook They Don’t

The 2007 New York Times article titled “Dewey? At This Library With a Very Different Outlook They Don’t” documents how one public library, the Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, Arizona, had decided not to use the Dewey Decimal System to organize its

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The Opportunities (and Consequences) of Emotionally Intelligent Technology

As illuminated in the opening of Kate Crawford’s article for The New York Times, there is a fear that technology/machines will surpass human intelligence. Computers are already smart enough to solve complex equations faster than the blink of an eye

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Crossroads of analog and digital preservation at Net Archival exhibit

The Net Archival exhibit currently at the New Museum presents a range of options for digital preservation for net art in the 90s. It’s interesting to compare the pieces featured to the questions in Owens’ outlining of the challenges of

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Reorganizing the Library

As we discussed in the first day of class, libraries, particularly public libraries in town and neighborhood branch locations, and standard stacks in academic libraries, rely on a set of standards, from architectural layout to signage to even staff roles,

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The Brautigan Library: Classification in a fictional library made real

On a recent episode of This American Life (“The Room of Requirement,” December 28, 2018), Sean Cole tells the story of the Brautigan Library. The Brautigan Library is a real place based on a fictional library that is the setting

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Archiving Performance Art in India, Asia Art Archive

“Prepositions for an Archive of Performance Art in India,” “Ideas,” Asia Art Archive Asia Art Archive is a Hong Kong-based organization that collect materials on the recent history of art from Asia and facilitate the creation of scholarship around them.

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The Preservation of Illustrative Manuscripts

In September, I traveled to Ireland and one of the most incredible places I went was Trinity College Library to see the Book of Kells. I have always been fascinated with old manuscripts and the preservation process that goes in

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by Hugh McLeod

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