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Iowa Caucuses

Like many this morning, I woke up to confusion about what had happened at the Iowa Caucuses last night. (I resolved not to watch them in live time to not get myself worked up). I read an article on the

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24/7 Sylvia Plath

January 28th, 2020 Mindlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed, I came across a post from poet Cynthia Cruz. Cruz shared a draft of Sylvia Plath’s Sheep in Fog, dated January 28th 1963. Sheep in Fog is the last poem Plath

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In Search of "Good Data"

“What does the data say?” is a frequent question I’ve been asked in my nonprofit career, and asked as a follow-up to the most difficult policy and procedural questions.  Positioned as some simple, but elusive, answer to my job’s most

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Information Tools for Fantasy Writers

I have been working on a creative project for the past few years, a script for a graphic novel set in a sprawling fantasy world. The story has a complex plot, following multiple characters from drastically different polities and cultures.

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Mostly Uninformed Thoughts on Information & Memory

We know that defining “information” is difficult. Buckland codifies this pretty nicely:  “A key characteristic of information-as-knowledge is that it is intangible: one cannot touch it or measure it in any direct way. Knowledge, belief, and opinion are personal, subjective

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The NYPL Picture Collection: Cataloging Visual Resources for Visual Thinkers

In an increasingly visual world, libraries are trying to find non-textual ways to meet their patrons. Whether this is providing access to a digital archive at a university or museum, subscribing to streaming video platforms at a public library, or

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Researching archaeological sites and findings on the web

Unless you are on the project team that is excavating an archaeological site, it can often be difficult to conduct meaningful research on the practices and findings involved. Over the last decade, however, KO professionals in the UK have been

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Fires destroy archives in the 21st century

A recent fire has likely destroyed most of the collection held by the Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA). Damage from the fire, smoke, and water are expected to have destroyed 85,000 artifacts, including historic clothing, photographs, and a document pertaining to the Chinese Exclusion Act, among other

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Subcategories in Children's Collections

A trend I’ve noticed in the organization of children’s books in public libraries is to have books be discoverable by their intended audience: children. This radically changes the way librarians shelve their collection and classify each book. While there are

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In Search of the Obscure

How does one go about finding an obscure photo or piece of footage in libraries, museums, and archives? Aerial footage of Waziristan in the mid-1990s, a photo of a General in the Iranian military who led clandestine operations in 2006,

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by Hugh McLeod

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