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FBI, CIA, JFK, MLK

It’s old news by now, but in late October, the National Archives released a portion of the classified files on the John F. Kennedy assassination investigation. It was supposed to be all of the files, but the FBI and CIA

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Posted in Archives, Cataloging, Knowledge and Truth, Uncategorized

Otlet & Le Corbusier

The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World touched briefly on the relationship of Paul Otlet to architect Le Corbusier, but it would be interesting to know more about the relationship between these two luminaries.  Were they friends or just professional

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From Conveyor Belt to Conservation Policies

Digitization at the National Herbarium The United States National Herbarium, part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, contains approximately 5 million pressed plant specimens.  These specimens date back as far as the 1840s, having been collected during early

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State of the Libraries in Puerto Rico Post Maria

I decided to share a blog post – written in English -by the Special Collections Librarian from the University of Puerto Rico, Evelyn Milagros Rodriguez. We all know the state of crisis of Puerto Rico (my island) is heartbreaking and

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Paul Otlet and the Universal Decimal Classification

In class a number of weeks ago we enjoyed watching the film entitled The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World.  Though the film has its flaws (mainly in production, but perhaps also in content as some other students have assessed)

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Posted in Classification, Knowledge Structures

Wikidata and Digital Preservation

After finishing  my term paper surveying Wikidata adoption across GLAM, I wanted to look more closely into the final GLAM project I discussed in my overview. While Wikidata is exciting for plenty of reasons, I am especially curious about Yale

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Posted in Archives, Linked Open Data, Open Data

Internet Archive Sonny Bono Memorial Collection

The Internet Archive recently released scans of books which were published between 1923 and 1941, utilizing a copyright provision which allows libraries to provide access to books from that time period, provided they are not being actively sold. The collection

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WFMU’s Free Music Archive

Independent radio station WFMU runs a site called Free Music Archive, which offers a library of legally downloadable music to anyone who may want to listen. The site was “inspired by Creative Commons and open source software” and seeks to encourage music sharing

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Genealogy charts

While working at Brooklyn Historical Society last weekend I discovered a genealogy chart, also known as a family tree or pedigree chart, in the genealogy vertical files that I had not seen before. I also discovered family trees in more

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Posted in Archives, Knowledge Structures, Libraries, Library

“UK Research Libraries, Others Plan to Research Use of Citation Capture for Unique and Distinctive Collections in Academic Publications”

An interesting term that I think is important to know for future archivists and special collections librarians, “unique and distinctive collections.” A term that represents the varied collections held in the depositories of cultural institutions. In the UK, there is

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by Hugh McLeod

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