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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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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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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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Yale Buys Judy Blume Archive

Judy Blume has been a hugely influential young-adult writer, prior to her works the genre barely existed. Vampire, werewolf and wizard’s can thank Judy Blume for their dominance in literature, as the young-adult genre’s popularity has exploded. She inspired children

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Is “Diversity” an Effective Anti-Racism Tactic in Library and Information Science? A Critique by David James Hudson

ABSTRACT Drawing on a range of critical race and anti-colonial writing, and focusing chiefly on Anglo-Western contexts of librarianship, this paper offers a broad critique of diversity as the dominant mode of anti-racism in LIS. After outlining diversity’s core tenets,

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“Nation Building Through Information Sharing”: Nancy Dupree and the Afghanistan Center at Kabul University

On September 10, 2017, the Afghanistan Center of Kabul University (ACKU) announced that its founder, Nancy Dupree, died at 89 years old. Dupree, an American who spent many years in Afghanistan, collected photographs, sound recordings, newspapers, magazines, and other documents

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Nimble – a concept of using augmented reality in library

Nimble – Augmented Reality book-based library from Sures Kumar TS on Vimeo. Nimble is a concept by Google engineer Sures Kumar; it is based on using augmented reality in libraries, such as a digital library card that navigates you to

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The Haskell Free Library and Opera House

The Haskell Library is famous for being built on the border of the US and Canada, in the province of Quebec and Vermont. The black border strip divides the building into two parts, but since all the books – 20,000

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