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A Library For the Future

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/t-magazine/future-library-books.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FLibraries%20and%20Librarians&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=collection Katie Paterson, a Scottish artist, has started a 100+ yearlong journey to build a library from scratch—quite literally. In a rather unconventional way to build a library, she is starting from the ground up: by planting trees that will

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LC Launches Web Cultures, Webcomics Archives

Article from Library Journal The American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress is creating two new born-digital collections – The Web Cultures Web Archive (WCWA) and Webcomics Web Archive (WWA). WCWA will feature memes, gifs, and images from pop

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Controlled Digital Lending Concept Gains Ground

As described in this article from Library Journal, copyright experts have started to build a framework for Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). For a library setting, the concept of using CDL is fairly simple. If the library owns a physical copy

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Film Archives

Film archives and collections were specialized, and served a utilitarian purpose.(Educational, military, legal, religious) Ongoing efforts by multiple sources to rescue decaying film stocks and preserve the images they contain. Film preservation dates as far back as the 1930’s, but

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The Free Music Archive is closing down this month

The WFMU project hosted music that was meant to be freely shared Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images The Free Music Archive was founded in 2009, the same year Barack Obama was inaugurated as this country’s first black president. As a

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Palestinian Cultural Assets in the Israeli Archives

  This article in Al-Jazeera discusses the contents of Israeli archives, specifically the Palestinian artifacts that have been kept for years and used to support a Zionist narrative. During the Arab-Israeli War in 1948, librarians accompanied Israeli forces in to

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Little Free Libraries Make the World a Brighter Place

In a photo essay for The New York Times, Katharine Q. Seelye recently highlighted the Little Free Library movement that’s steadily spread across not only the United States, but the entire world. It began as a tribute by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin,

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Cantor Arts Center and Stanford Libraries collaborate to make Warhol photography archives publicly available

This detail from an Andy Warhol contact sheet is among an archive of 3,600 contact sheets and 130,000 images available through Stanford Libraries. Andy Warhol (U.S.A., 1928–1987), Detail from Contact Sheet [Photo shoot with Andy Warhol with shadow], 1986. Gelatin

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New strategy! New crowd! New team!

https://blogs.loc.gov/thesignal/2018/10/new-strategy-new-crowd-new-team/ Big news! We’ll launch a crowdsourcing program at the Library of Congress on October 24. We’re asking everyone to join us as we improve discovery and access across our diverse collections through transcription and tagging. The program is grounded

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University of Rhode Island Opens AI Lab in Library

I thought this would be an interesting article to discuss, as the last one I found was reminiscent of the bias in AI issue (as discussed in INFO 653-02). This story, from Library Journal, provides a much more positive view

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