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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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Effectively Finding Digital Humanities Projects

One topic that stood out to me from our first class was how organization and classification systems allow users to effectively find what they are looking for. As collections grow we need ways to find the specific items we would

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Building a modern data registry: Go beyond data classification – Help Net Security

The focus of the article is privacy, particularly meeting privacy requirements to keep people’s data safe.  With privacy regulations being introduced globally there seems to be a surge in urgency to comply with the new laws.  A delicate balance must

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Looted Books Hiding in Plain Sight

Of the many facets which a museum’s cataloging system records — artist, date, medium, style, period, region, &c. — one of the more important ones is provenance: the history of the object itself and its track of ownership. There are

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Libro de los Epítomes Rediscovered

Guy Lazure from the University of Windsor in Ontario made the connection to Colón. The Institute reached out to The Metropolitan Museum of Art who then contacted Wilson-Lee and his colleague José María Pérez Fernández to verify its authenticity. The

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“The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System”

Cassia Kisshauer (653-01) Back in January the podcast “The Kitchen Sisters Present…” discussed The Dark Side of the Dewey Decimal System. The episode was in collaboration with the podcast Library Bytegeist and co-hosted by Molly Schwartz of METRO. The podcast

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