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The Libraries That Preserve the History of Small Islands

Tiny islands, great archives.   No matter how small a community or how isolated it is, most have an archive of local history. It might be in the form of public records, or a collection of photographs, or shelves of

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It’s old news by now, but in late October, the National Archives released a portion of the classified files on the John F. Kennedy assassination investigation. It was supposed to be all of the files, but the FBI and CIA

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Otlet & Le Corbusier

The Man Who Wanted to Classify the World touched briefly on the relationship of Paul Otlet to architect Le Corbusier, but it would be interesting to know more about the relationship between these two luminaries.  Were they friends or just professional

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State of the Libraries in Puerto Rico Post Maria

I decided to share a blog post – written in English -by the Special Collections Librarian from the University of Puerto Rico, Evelyn Milagros Rodriguez. We all know the state of crisis of Puerto Rico (my island) is heartbreaking and

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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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“UK Research Libraries, Others Plan to Research Use of Citation Capture for Unique and Distinctive Collections in Academic Publications”

An interesting term that I think is important to know for future archivists and special collections librarians, “unique and distinctive collections.” A term that represents the varied collections held in the depositories of cultural institutions. In the UK, there is

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Gabriel García Márquez’s Archives Now Online

University of Texas bought Gabriel García Márquez’s archive in 2014, and the Harry Ransom Center in Austin has now released the complete digitized collection. This includes rough drafts and manuscripts, unpublished work, notes, letters, and an audio recording of García Márquez’s Nobel

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A Man Who Wanted to Classify the World (review)

A few weeks ago we watched in class A Man Who Wanted to Classify the World, a documentary about Paul Otlet. It was interesting to learn about the man who invented an international classification scheme called Universal Decimal Classification used for books, photographs

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A Film’s Success Spurs the Long-Overdue Opening of an LGBT Archive in Paris

In 2020, a new archive dedicated to LGBT+ history in Paris will open, thanks to the success of 120 Beats per Minute (120 battements par minute), a film about Aids activism in 1990s Paris. 120 BPM premiered at this year’s

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Mapping Paintings

This past summer, Boston University professor Jodi Cranston created Mapping Paintings. Hyperallergic describes Mapping Paintings as “an open-source, searchable platform for compiling provenance data for individual artworks (not just paintings, despite its name), from owners to past locations to details of

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