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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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Posted in Archives, Born Digital, Libraries, Open Access, Preservation

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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Posted in Knowledge and Truth, Libraries, Library, Open Access, Open Data

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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Posted in Cataloging, Classification, Libraries, Library, Uncategorized

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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Controlled Digital Lending Concept Gains Ground

As described in this article from Library Journal, copyright experts have started to build a framework for Controlled Digital Lending (CDL). For a library setting, the concept of using CDL is fairly simple. If the library owns a physical copy

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Migration of a Library Catalogue into RDA Linked Open Data

Earlier this year, information professionals Candela Gustavo, Rafael Carrasco, and Manuel Marco-Such from various library and university institutions in Spain published an article “Migration of a Library Catalogue into RDA Linked Open Data” in the Semantic Web Journal.  Here they

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The Constitution’s taxonomy of officers and offices

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2017/09/25/the-emoluments-clauses-litigation-part-1-the-constitutions-taxonomy-of-officers-and-offices/?utm_term=.17f151f1bbe7 This articles details the hierarchical taxonomy of the offices of the United States of America, specifically the Office of the Presidency and the other offices of the Executive and Legislative branches. What this article examines is how various versions

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Posted in Cataloging, Classification, Knowledge Structures, Libraries, Library

Most Americans – especially Millennials – say libraries can help them find reliable, trustworthy information

Americans struggle to determine what news and information sources they should trust and how to discern reliable information online. They worry that fake news is sowing confusion about current events. And many express a desire to get help. About six-in-ten

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Trump’s proposed budget will eliminate funding to museums, libraries, and artists

This article is about the POTUS’s new budget plan in which he proposes budget cuts for  the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting,

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by Hugh McLeod

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