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The Internet Archive Opens the National Emergency Library

The Internet Archive Launches the National Emergency Library The Internet Archive announced March 24, 2020 that they would be suspending waiting lists for the books in its lending library, allowing users to borrow books from a list of 1.4 million

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Cataloging a Library of Things

The website Sharable has written a series about libraries that hold non-traditional items. More commonly known as “Libraries of Things” these collections hold items such as muffin tins, screwdrivers and board games. While some of the articles in the series

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FAST Subject Headings at the Pratt Archives

As a Graduate Assistant at the Pratt Institute Archives, my work can look different from day to day. Recently, one of my projects has been to assess current subject headings for each collection as we make the transition from Library

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The NYPL Picture Collection: Cataloging Visual Resources for Visual Thinkers

In an increasingly visual world, libraries are trying to find non-textual ways to meet their patrons. Whether this is providing access to a digital archive at a university or museum, subscribing to streaming video platforms at a public library, or

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When Disaster Strikes — UPDATE

Back in September, I wrote a blog post about a fire that happened in my undergraduate library at Kansas State University that took place on May 22, 2018. The Dean of Libraries at Kansas State University, Lori Goetsch wrote an

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Integration of the UCLA Film and Television Archive

The UCLA Film and Television Archive is being integrated into the UCLA Library according to the announcement on December 4th, 2019 from the UCLA Newsroom. The Archive has closely operated alongside the Theater, Film, and Television school at UCLA. With

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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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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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Indigenous Knowledge Organization

The Xwi7xwa Library in British Columbia is approaching its collection in a way that serves the needs of indigenous patrons and addresses the problems of western focused organization systems.  The library is catering to its patrons not only through their

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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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