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Organizing Data for Accountability: The Washington Post Tracks Fatal Police Shootings in the U.S.

Beginning in 2015, the Washington Post has been compiling a database of fatal police shootings in the United States. According to their methodology, they have been combing through “local news reports, law enforcement websites and social media,” as well as

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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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A Call to Crowdsourcing

Recently, the National Archives uploaded a new collection of records to their Citizen Archives Project. The relatively small collection features photographs of life on Native American reservations in the early to mid 20th century all in need of descriptive tagging.

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Classifying the Cookbook

For the last two summers, I have worked at a cooking school’s library, amidst a collection of cookbooks which numbers in the thousands. My interest is reference—which in this case, usually goes like this. A student dressed in kitchen whites

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Treasures as Archives

(To further on Lindsay’s blog post on Harvey) https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/05/us/treasures-saved-harvey.html A common theoretical question you may have entertained: If there was a fire in your house and you had 5 minutes to escape, what (aside from living beings) would you take

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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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Parking tickets are the worst

But it turns out that a ton of issued tickets aren’t even legitimate. And for that knowledge we have Ben Wellington, a former Pratt adjunct, to thank. Wellington discovered that, thanks to a change in laws that many officers weren’t

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David Letterman’s Unlikely Archivist

Amid the confines of a cramped apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side exists what may very well be the most comprehensive archive of any late night television show. Don Giller, a music typesetter by day and a David Letterman superfan

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BookExpo 2017

BookExpo, the largest annual book trade fair in the United States, taking place on May 31 – June 2 at the Javits Center in New York City, offers a full line up of events for readers, publishers, librarians and educators. At BookExpo teachers

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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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