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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.

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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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University of Iowa cataloging 4,000 tiny literary jewels

On NBC Nightly News Films on November 30, 2017, University of Iowa has 4000 special collections, which are miniature books. All of them are measuring three inches or smaller. In the video, the School of Library and Information Science student

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The Mashantucket Pequot Thesaurus for American Indian Terminology

It is fairly well known that the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) are problematic in endless ways.  However, one way in which the biases and marginalization of people is most apparent is within the Native American subject headings.  Issues

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Are you Sitting Down?

Herbert Mitchell, a librarian at the Columbia University Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library from 1960 to 1991 was what you might call an “extreme collector” (or maybe a hoarder, depending on your perspective). He couldn’t resist the ephemera of

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