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Digital Vatican Library: Wealth of Information but Difficult to Navigate

There is a lot of mystery and mythology surrounding the “secret archives” contained near the Sistine Chapel, encourage by fictional works such as the Da Vinci Code. The collection is not locked away because it contains the secrets of the

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The Real Dogs of Instagram: Photo Collections of the American Kennel Club Library and Archives

To all you canine-lovers out there, did you know there is a library dedicated to all things dogs? Situated in the heart of NYC, The American Kennel Club (AKC) Library and Archives is home to one of the largest collections

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Care, Code, and Digital Libraries: Embracing Critical Practice in Digital Library Communities

I just saw this great article written by Kate Dohe in In the Library with the Lead Pipe. She presents a thorough dissection of the limiting and restriction of digital resources along existing hierarchies of power and oppression within knowledge

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Digitizing Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks at The Victoria and Albert Museum

[Source] I believe sketchbooks and notebooks can be an even greater reflection of an artist’s mind than their finished works of art. Yet, people do not normally get the chance to take a peek at these types of documents. I

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Helen Keller Archives: A Lesson In Accessibility

By any of the several definitions I have seen in class so far, the purpose of any given archive of collection is to facilitate access and observation for future generations. That’s why I was intrigued when I came across a

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Digitizing Everything: Online Archives and Digital Collections

While researching topics for tomorrows “dorkshorts”, I came across a generous blogpost that gives an easy-to-understand run-down of archive digitization and it’s various difficulties. Written by Samantha Thompson, an archivist at Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archive in Ontario, Canada,

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From Conveyor Belt to Conservation Policies

Digitization at the National Herbarium The United States National Herbarium, part of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, contains approximately 5 million pressed plant specimens.  These specimens date back as far as the 1840s, having been collected during early

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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 Metropolitan Museum of Art Will Offer Open Access to Public Domain Images in its Collection

On Tuesday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art announced that 375,000 images from its collection that are in the public domain will be available for free to anyone who wants to use them. While the Met is not the only major

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