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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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Posted in Archives, Cataloging, Libraries, Library, Preservation

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.

Posted in Archives, Books, Libraries, Library, Preservation

Memories Archived: Preserving Our Stories in the Library of Congress

I recently came across some old journals I’ve kept over the years — although I was never consistent with them, they do reflect the history of my young adult life. I flipped to an entry from around this time five

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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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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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Open-air Library Raises Awareness During Protests in Sudan

In Khartoum, Sudan, thousands of protestors were gathered at the army headquarters to call for President Omar al-Bashir to step down. The protestors wanted Bashir to resign due to many economic issues that were affecting the city including rising costs

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Crowdsourcing Classification at the Museum of Jurassic Technology

I’ve long had a fascination with the Museum of Jurassic Technology in Los Angeles. The museum is a famous idiosyncrasy, defying logical organization and traditional museum paradigms. As a self-described “cabinet of curiosities,” the museum fiercely challenges categorization. It is

Posted in Archives, Classification, Library, Museums, Uncategorized

It’s an Ad World

Facebook Expands Ad Archive to All Ads and Pages Last October, in the midst and fallout of understanding the full scope of Facebook’s role in the 2016 election, they launched a political ad archive. Their goal was to provide more

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This Library Takes an Indigenous Approach to Categorizing Books

https://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/decolonize-western-bias-indigenous-library-books-20190322 I recently came across the article “Transformative Praxis – Building spaces for Indigenous self-determination in libraries and archives” by Australian Indigenous archivist Kristen Thorpe. She talks about working in traditional institutional contexts, her encounters with “traumatic and biased records and

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Lunar Library: the Rosetta Stone for Aliens or a Cultural Backup Disk?

Recently I have been noticing a lot of articles dealing with space preservation that slides in two directions; the preservation of human artifacts in space and human preservation into space (kind of like a time capsule). In an article by

Posted in Archives, Knowledge Structures, Library, Preservation, Uncategorized

by Hugh McLeod

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