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Improving Descriptive Practices for Born-Digital Material in an Archival Context

  Creating archival finding aids for born-digital that adequately express the quality, quantity, and usability of the material has been challenging for digital archives practitioners. This is partially due to the fact that existing national and international standards that guide

Posted in Archives, Born Digital, Cataloging, Classification, Libraries

A Peek at Famous Readers’ Borrowing Records From a Private New York Library

Thanks to carefully maintained circulation info, we know when Alexander Hamilton checked out Goethe.

Posted in Archives, Cataloging, Libraries

Dealing with Deadly Documents

Plenty of texts have the capability to be “dangerous” – they might teach you how to build a bomb, say, or disseminate violent philosophies. Sometimes texts are so concerning that government officials get involved: through the Minerva Initiative, for example,

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Posted in Archives, Books, Cataloging, Libraries, Open Access


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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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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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

Gabriel García Márquez’s Archives Now Online

University of Texas bought Gabriel García Márquez’s archive in 2014, and the Harry Ransom Center in Austin has now released the complete digitized collection. This includes rough drafts and manuscripts, unpublished work, notes, letters, and an audio recording of García Márquez’s Nobel

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by Hugh McLeod

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