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The Largest Online Catalog for Artists’ Books

While this post isn’t a current event, per-se I thought this would be an interesting topic to touch on for Knowledge Organization. When folks typically think of catalogs, we likely think of libraries and librarians as catalog proprietors. But there

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Libro de los Epítomes Rediscovered

Guy Lazure from the University of Windsor in Ontario made the connection to Colón. The Institute reached out to The Metropolitan Museum of Art who then contacted Wilson-Lee and his colleague José María Pérez Fernández to verify its authenticity. The

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Classification and Colonialism

In the 2017 article, “Classification Along the Color Line: Excavating Racism in the Stacks”, by Melissa Adler, library classification is explained as having been organized and universalized by men. Adler states that: “One of the ways that exclusion was legitimated

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This Library Takes an Indigenous Approach to Categorizing Books

https://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/decolonize-western-bias-indigenous-library-books-20190322 I recently came across the article “Transformative Praxis – Building spaces for Indigenous self-determination in libraries and archives” by Australian Indigenous archivist Kristen Thorpe. She talks about working in traditional institutional contexts, her encounters with “traumatic and biased records and

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Blockchain and Resource Descpription & Access

While reading about RDA (Resource Description and Access), a few of the outlines struck me as having similar properties to blockchain. The move to RDA has a few keys goals that include creating metadata that is accessible in a linked

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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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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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