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Mr. Rogers' Archives History at the University of Pittsburgh

University of Pittsburgh published an article detailing the history of Fred Rogers’ archives located at the Archives and Special Collection Department. Fred Rogers, who was a Pennsylvania native, was the host and creator of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. The collection spans

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Large Collection of UFO Material is Being Cataloged in Canada

Vice recently published an article about how archivists are currently cataloging the largest collection of UFO research. It is so large that it could take 19 years to complete. The collection is a mix of papers and items that were

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The Forbes Pigment Collection

If you visit Harvard University’s Fogg Art Museum, walk up to the fourth floor, and glance across a courtyard, you might be surprised to see a wall stacked with glass jars and tubes filled with colored powders. This eye-catching wall

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So, where did all those handwritten notes go? Thoughts on the NYPL event: Yes, Mr. Prince: An Evening with Harold Prince’s Assistants

On Monday, October 21st, I attended an event at the NYPL Performing Arts Library called “Yes, Mr. Prince: An Evening with Harold Prince’s Assistants.” The event hosted three former assistants of the legendary theater icon, Hal Prince. The panelists were

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Exploring the LOC’s Collection of Courtroom Illustrations

While working in the PMC library, I came across an interesting article in the most recent issue of the Library of Congress Magazine. The September/October 2019 issue is all about true crime and about collections of true crime artifacts, including

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How Do You Catalog Bongos?

I volunteer at the Welcome Desk at the Brooklyn Public Library, answering questions and telling visitors about programming. One of the programs that people are always most surprised and impressed by is the Musical Instrument Lending Library – since its

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New publishing platforms and cataloging

On Friday, September 20th, I went to the New York Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1. One of the exhibitors was a group of graduate students from Werkplaats Typografie, a school in Arnhem, Netherlands. They were presenting a project called

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Further Commentary on Authority Control

The reading on authority control and privacy for this week was really interesting so I wanted to try and find an article or two that either further discussed the ethical issue regarding those in charge of authority control or discussed

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A Brief Look into RDA (Resource Description and Access)

As our next class will be covering the basis of what RDA (Resource Description and Access) is, I thought it would be helpful to provide those interested with a few links that have some interesting information on the topic.             

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Co-opting Authority through “Information-as-thing”

Cataloging, categorizing, and organizing can become so engrossing that the big picture is ignored for the little details. And typically, we assume those details are all in service to the big picture – to make collections accessible, easily searchable, available

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by Hugh McLeod

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