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MSU Works With Refugee Development Center to Catalog Materials in African Languages

The Library at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, teamed up with the city’s Refugee Development Center to catalog documents written in African languages that include Swahili, Hausa, Arabic, and Amharic. Dean of Libraries Joseph Salem said that the

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Indigenous Knowledge Organization

The Xwi7xwa Library in British Columbia is approaching its collection in a way that serves the needs of indigenous patrons and addresses the problems of western focused organization systems.  The library is catering to its patrons not only through their

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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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This Library Takes an Indigenous Approach to Categorizing Books

https://www.yesmagazine.org/peace-justice/decolonize-western-bias-indigenous-library-books-20190322 I recently came across the article “Transformative Praxis – Building spaces for Indigenous self-determination in libraries and archives” by Australian Indigenous archivist Kristen Thorpe. She talks about working in traditional institutional contexts, her encounters with “traumatic and biased records and

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Dewey? At This Library With a Very Different Outlook They Don’t

The 2007 New York Times article titled “Dewey? At This Library With a Very Different Outlook They Don’t” documents how one public library, the Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, Arizona, had decided not to use the Dewey Decimal System to organize its

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The Opportunities (and Consequences) of Emotionally Intelligent Technology

As illuminated in the opening of Kate Crawford’s article for The New York Times, there is a fear that technology/machines will surpass human intelligence. Computers are already smart enough to solve complex equations faster than the blink of an eye

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The Brautigan Library: Classification in a fictional library made real

On a recent episode of This American Life (“The Room of Requirement,” December 28, 2018), Sean Cole tells the story of the Brautigan Library. The Brautigan Library is a real place based on a fictional library that is the setting

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A Flower Reference Guide Catalogued by Color

Flower Color Guide is the first reference book on flower types organized by color, with an emphasis on seasonality and color schemes. It contains photographs of 400 varieties of flowers organized by color gradation, starting with a white rhododendron molle azalea

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Who’s Behind ICE: The Tech and Data Companies, including Amazon and Palantir, Fueling Deportations

Various immigration and Latinx-focused organizations – Mijente, the National Immigration Project, and the Immigrant Defense Project – commissioned Empower LLC to conduct in-depth research on the complexities of technology infrastructure surrounding expansive, data-driven, and aggressive immigration enforcement and unprecedented levels

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