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MSU Works With Refugee Development Center to Catalog Materials in African Languages

The Library at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, teamed up with the city’s Refugee Development Center to catalog documents written in African languages that include Swahili, Hausa, Arabic, and Amharic. Dean of Libraries Joseph Salem said that the

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Infamous Hippie’s Documents to be Archived and Exhibited

The University of Austin Texas recently acquired a collection of papers, letters, and other documents belonging to the late Abbie Hoffman. Hoffman was an unofficial leader of the counterculture movement during the 1960s and 70s in the United States. He

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Exploring the LOC’s Collection of Courtroom Illustrations

While working in the PMC library, I came across an interesting article in the most recent issue of the Library of Congress Magazine. The September/October 2019 issue is all about true crime and about collections of true crime artifacts, including

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How Do You Catalog Bongos?

I volunteer at the Welcome Desk at the Brooklyn Public Library, answering questions and telling visitors about programming. One of the programs that people are always most surprised and impressed by is the Musical Instrument Lending Library – since its

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Youth Culture As An Artifact~

When it comes to youth culture in the twenty-first century, I have to say the the talk around it is not always very positive. In fact, the tone around discussion about youth culture often comes across as dismissive if not

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Ethical Database for Brain Scan Imaging

Why We Need Guidelines for Brain Scan Databy Evan D. Morris, Ph.D. Brain scans, aided by AI, reveal as much about you as your DNA. Grappling with their ethical implications is vital to scientific integrity. Morris 2019 After last week’s

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Posted in Cataloging, Knowledge Structures

Handwritten Notes

Duly Noted: The Past, Present, and Future of Note-Taking by Sebastian Stockman from the Atlantic. November 2019 Though this article is from 2012, I feel like it still holds relevance to the topics we’ve been discussing in Knowledge Organization. Are handwritten notes

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Digital Vatican Library: Wealth of Information but Difficult to Navigate

There is a lot of mystery and mythology surrounding the “secret archives” contained near the Sistine Chapel, encourage by fictional works such as the Da Vinci Code. The collection is not locked away because it contains the secrets of the

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Co-opting Authority through “Information-as-thing”

Cataloging, categorizing, and organizing can become so engrossing that the big picture is ignored for the little details. And typically, we assume those details are all in service to the big picture – to make collections accessible, easily searchable, available

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Effectively Finding Digital Humanities Projects

One topic that stood out to me from our first class was how organization and classification systems allow users to effectively find what they are looking for. As collections grow we need ways to find the specific items we would

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by Hugh McLeod

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