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Fresh Classification Enhances Access to William Gedney’s Work

  American photographer William Gedney is known for his documentary style images and intense night studies. He was under appreciated in his life; he taught at Pratt Institute until he was denied tenure in 1987. Gedney’s work drew acclaim in

Posted in Archives, Classification, Libraries, Uncategorized

Urban Librarians Conference

On April 13th, I attended the Urban Librarians Conference at the Brooklyn Central Library. The keynote speaker was Jessamyn West, a librarian, blogger, and activist known for creating the website librarian.net. West’s keynote address on community engagement focused largely on

Posted in Archives, Libraries, Preservation, Uncategorized

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

Posted in Books, Cataloging, Libraries

Beyond the Backlog: How the Thomas J. Watson Library Made Their Backlog Disappear

Those who were in New Orleans for the 2017 ARLIS/NA conference in New Orleans earlier this year may remember Tamara Fultz’ fascinating presentation at the last Cataloging Section meeting.  Titled “Beyond the Backlog: How the Thomas J. Watson Library Made

Posted in Cataloging, Libraries, Museums

Improving Descriptive Practices for Born-Digital Material in an Archival Context

  Creating archival finding aids for born-digital that adequately express the quality, quantity, and usability of the material has been challenging for digital archives practitioners. This is partially due to the fact that existing national and international standards that guide

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A Peek at Famous Readers’ Borrowing Records From a Private New York Library

Thanks to carefully maintained circulation info, we know when Alexander Hamilton checked out Goethe. https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/new-york-society-library-borrowing-records

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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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Genealogy charts

While working at Brooklyn Historical Society last weekend I discovered a genealogy chart, also known as a family tree or pedigree chart, in the genealogy vertical files that I had not seen before. I also discovered family trees in more

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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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