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Artifex Press and the Digital Catalogue Raisonné

The catalogue raisonné is a staple of the art world. Within galleries and museums, securing proof of provenance is integral in establishing a piece’s authenticity. These publications present a complete, cataloged collection of an artist’s verified output. For established, prolific

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The Secret Codes Hidden in the Books of a Scottish Library

GEORGIA GRAINGER HAD ONLY BEEN working at Charleston Library in Dundee, Scotland, for six weeks when she was met with a mystery. One of the library’s customers, an older woman, approached her with a question and an open book. “Why

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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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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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Different Strokes for Different Folks

In a New York Times article published on December 7th, 2017, the repeatedly debated topic of uniting the Brooklyn and Queens library systems under the New York Public Library system comes to the surface again. Instead of directing the audience

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University of Iowa cataloging 4,000 tiny literary jewels

On NBC Nightly News Films on November 30, 2017, University of Iowa has 4000 special collections, which are miniature books. All of them are measuring three inches or smaller. In the video, the School of Library and Information Science student

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New Website Envisions Borges’ “Library of Babel” Using Virtual Reality

Borges imagined the Library of Babel comprising a huge number of connected hexagonal rooms lined by bookshelves. “Each shelf contains thirty-five books of uniform format; each book is of four hundred and ten pages; each page, of forty lines, each

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Yale Buys Judy Blume Archive

Judy Blume has been a hugely influential young-adult writer, prior to her works the genre barely existed. Vampire, werewolf and wizard’s can thank Judy Blume for their dominance in literature, as the young-adult genre’s popularity has exploded. She inspired children

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A study on diversity in romance publishing

A romance focused book store in Los Angeles, The Ripped Bodice, produced a study verifying what many readers will already know: the romance publishing industry has a whiteness problem. Romance writers being published by conventional presses (Kensington, Harlequin, Avon, etc.,)

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The Dynamic Library – Experiments with RFID

While browsing at the Printed Matter NY Art Book Fair, I happened across a book called The Dynamic Library, and couldn’t resist taking it home. As it turns out, serendipity and the mobility and discoverability of books is a major

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