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Further Commentary on Authority Control

The reading on authority control and privacy for this week was really interesting so I wanted to try and find an article or two that either further discussed the ethical issue regarding those in charge of authority control or discussed

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Handwritten Notes

Duly Noted: The Past, Present, and Future of Note-Taking by Sebastian Stockman from the Atlantic. November 2019 Though this article is from 2012, I feel like it still holds relevance to the topics we’ve been discussing in Knowledge Organization. Are handwritten notes

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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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Open-air Library Raises Awareness During Protests in Sudan

In Khartoum, Sudan, thousands of protestors were gathered at the army headquarters to call for President Omar al-Bashir to step down. The protestors wanted Bashir to resign due to many economic issues that were affecting the city including rising costs

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It’s an Ad World

Facebook Expands Ad Archive to All Ads and Pages Last October, in the midst and fallout of understanding the full scope of Facebook’s role in the 2016 election, they launched a political ad archive. Their goal was to provide more

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Send in the Clouds: California Community Colleges Move to Cloud-Based Library Management Platform

Article link: https://campustechnology.com/articles/2019/02/05/california-ccs-to-move-to-cloud-based-library-management-platform.aspxO On February 5th the California Community College (CCC) system announced that they would be adopting the same cloud-based system wide library services platform. It is expected to be fully integrated into all 115 schools by 2020. This

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No More Dewey Decimal

Deer Park Library, a public library on Long Island, has decided to abandon Dewey Decimal and instead, turn to adopt a bookstore-like spatial organization. The library’s director Rebecca Pool suggested that the existing structure of Dewey is not user-friendly enough.

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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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Penn acquires artist Ashley Bryan’s vast archive

When I was very young, my elementary school English teacher helped to foster my interest in books by exposing me to works that she believed I would enjoy. One day, she gave me a book by Ashley Bryan entitled, “Turtle

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