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A Call to Crowdsourcing

Recently, the National Archives uploaded a new collection of records to their Citizen Archives Project. The relatively small collection features photographs of life on Native American reservations in the early to mid 20th century all in need of descriptive tagging.

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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.,)

Posted in Books, Classification, Libraries

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

Posted in Books, Cataloging, Classification, Libraries

The unexpected boon of impermanence

In a world of CCTV cameras on every corner, and smartphones in every hand, we’re living in a time with unprecedented amounts of data. Unfortunately, it isn’t always easy to see how to parse and use this data in a

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What happens when a “database” has no identifiers: the ATF’s gun registry

The ATF’s record-keeping system lacks certain basic functionalities standard to every other database created in the modern age. Despite its vast size, and importance to crime fighters, it is less sophisticated than an online card catalog maintained by a small town public library.

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Sad Songs, Artificial Intelligence and Gracenote’s Quest to Unlock the World’s Music

So, who doesn’t love a sad song?: Gracenote wants to help you find them, using machine listening and learning technologies to recognize and classify genres, and even curate collections globally. I stumbled upon this article after briefly researching CD-Text and

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OCLC: replace FAST heading “Illegal aliens”

In July 2014, students and librarians from Dartmouth College submitted a proposal to change the Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH) Illegal aliens and associated headings such as Children of illegal aliens. LC rejected that proposal in December 2014. The American Library Association

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Treasures as Archives

(To further on Lindsay’s blog post on Harvey) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/us/treasures-saved-harvey.html A common theoretical question you may have entertained: If there was a fire in your house and you had 5 minutes to escape, what (aside from living beings) would you take

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When Data Becomes Information: Hurricane Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey has finally begun its denouement in Texas and the massive cleanup effort begins, news outlets are reporting on several ingenious social media search-and-rescue tools.  I’ll highlight two examples here, both of which show the power of turning

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by Hugh McLeod

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