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Library Hand, the Fastidiously Neat Penmanship Style Made for Card Catalogs

This February 17th article in Atlas Obscura chronicles the creation of “library hand,” a writing style specifically designed for catalog cards. As described by Ella Morton, the need for a uniform handwriting style grew out of a meeting of library professionals in

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Libraries and museums team up to make bold political statement: Facts are real

  Museums, libraries, and other cultural institutions took to social media on Friday to promote the hashtag #DayOfFacts. While the hashtag claims to be nonpartisan, the issues surrounding the current political climate are inevitably intertwined with this movement. Institutions receiving

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Librarians as Patron Advocates in the “Privacy Paradox”

The NPR post entitled “Privacy Paradox: What You Can Do About Your Data Right Now” while promoting an upcoming podcast, brings up some increasingly pressing consumer privacy concerns as companies develop technologies which collect and sell user information. Librarians are

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What the news media can learn from librarians

WE CAN ALL AGREE IT’S BEEN A ROUGH SEASON for the news media. Hostile political crowds, accusations of slander, and struggles with what Guardian editor Katharine Viner has called the “waning power of evidence” and “diminishing status of truth.” Today

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What Does Jorge Luis Borges’ “Library of Babel” Look Like?

Programmer Jamie Zawinski has created a digital rendering of the infinite, hexagonal library that is the subject and setting of Jorge Luis Borges’s short story “The Library of Babel.” In his famous short story “The Library of Babel,” Argentine author

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