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There’s a Fungus Among Us…But What’s Its Name? On the Efforts to Catalog Mushrooms

By day, Californian Alan Rockefeller works in cybersecurity. But by…well, later in the day, he’s a mushroom hunter and cataloger, one of a few dedicated volunteers that keep mycology moving. Because mushroom taxonomy isn’t an especially new or sexy field,

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Dealing with Deadly Documents

Plenty of texts have the capability to be “dangerous” – they might teach you how to build a bomb, say, or disseminate violent philosophies. Sometimes texts are so concerning that government officials get involved: through the Minerva Initiative, for example,

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University of Iowa cataloging 4,000 tiny literary jewels

On NBC Nightly News Films on November 30, 2017, University of Iowa has 4000 special collections, which are miniature books. All of them are measuring three inches or smaller. In the video, the School of Library and Information Science student

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MoMA’s Digital Archive of Louise Bourgeois Prints

MoMA is currently hosting an exhibition of Louise Bourgeois’ printed work, and when the exhibition Louise Bourgeois: An Unfolding Portrait opened back in September they published a coinciding digital archive: Louise Bourgeois: The Complete Prints & Books. Bourgeois is commonly celebrated for

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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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The Library of Congress released a history of card catalogs

The Library of Congress has released a book on the history of the card catalog, appropriately titled The Card Catalog. This Vox article talks about what the author, Constance Grady, learned from reading the book. She describes the earliest known catalog, the destruction

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Cataloging & Anonymous Authors

This February 28th article in Atlas Obscura  discusses the cataloging of texts by anonymous authors and authors who publish under pseudonyms. Inspired by the research of Emily Kopley, a scholar of British and American literature, Sarah Laskow writes about the difficulties

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