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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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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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When Disaster strikes, Kansas State University Libraries Answer the Call to Organize 1.5 Million Collection Items

After our class last Thursday, I spent a lot of time thinking about all the different and ordinary ways my life is organized. Thinking in a library setting, typically you think of the basic organization that comes with organizing books.

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The Real Dogs of Instagram: Photo Collections of the American Kennel Club Library and Archives

To all you canine-lovers out there, did you know there is a library dedicated to all things dogs? Situated in the heart of NYC, The American Kennel Club (AKC) Library and Archives is home to one of the largest collections

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China’s National Library to Archive 200 Billion Weibo Posts

Sina Weibo is a Chinese microblogging website and one of the biggest social media platforms in China.  It will contribute 210 million news articles and 200 billion Weibo microblog posts to the National Library of China (NLC).  It’s a way

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Libraries in Literature

This older article from The Conversation explores what libraries mean to society by looking at what role they play in our beloved fiction stories. The author argues that when we fear the loss of libraries we are fearing disorder. With

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The Largest Online Catalog for Artists’ Books

While this post isn’t a current event, per-se I thought this would be an interesting topic to touch on for Knowledge Organization. When folks typically think of catalogs, we likely think of libraries and librarians as catalog proprietors. But there

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by Hugh McLeod

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