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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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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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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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Libraries in Literature

This older article from The Conversation explores what libraries mean to society by looking at what role they play in our beloved fiction stories. The author argues that when we fear the loss of libraries we are fearing disorder. With

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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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“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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The Barack Obama Presidential Library Goes Digital

“The First Digital Archive for the First Digital President” Beginning with President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1939, 13 presidents have established presidential libraries to preserve and provide access to the historical records and materials of the Presidents. The libraries are

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Should Libraries Be the Keepers of Their Cities’ Public Data?

In an effort to improve transparency and bolster the amount of data publicly available, US cities are releasing it in droves, allowing for entities in multiple areas to transmute that data into various innovations. From air quality to road conditions

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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 Library For the Future

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/11/01/t-magazine/future-library-books.html?rref=collection%2Ftimestopic%2FLibraries%20and%20Librarians&action=click&contentCollection=timestopics&region=stream&module=stream_unit&version=latest&contentPlacement=7&pgtype=collection Katie Paterson, a Scottish artist, has started a 100+ yearlong journey to build a library from scratch—quite literally. In a rather unconventional way to build a library, she is starting from the ground up: by planting trees that will

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