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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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New Website Envisions Borges’ “Library of Babel” Using Virtual Reality

Borges imagined the Library of Babel comprising a huge number of connected hexagonal rooms lined by bookshelves. “Each shelf contains thirty-five books of uniform format; each book is of four hundred and ten pages; each page, of forty lines, each

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Information Literacy in a Digital World

In November 2016, the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG) released a study on information literacy in American students. The study took place between January 2015 and June 2016, and tested over 7,500 students. They put the students through a series

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Card Catalogs + The Secret History of Modernity: Observations by Tim Carmody

“Card catalogs feel very old but are shockingly new. Merchants stored letters and slips of paper on wire or thread in the Renaissance. (Our word “file” comes from filum, or wire.) But a whole technology, based on scientific principles, for storing,

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The Constitution’s taxonomy of officers and offices

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/09/25/the-emoluments-clauses-litigation-part-1-the-constitutions-taxonomy-of-officers-and-offices/?utm_term=.17f151f1bbe7 This articles details the hierarchical taxonomy of the offices of the United States of America, specifically the Office of the Presidency and the other offices of the Executive and Legislative branches. What this article examines is how various versions

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