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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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“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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How the N.Y. Public Library Fills Its Shelves (and Why Some Books Don’t Make the Cut)

Since libraries have a finite amount of space, not every book would be able to make it onto the shelves. As a frequent user of libraries as well as a second semester MSLIS student, I have somehow managed to remain

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Dewey? At This Library With a Very Different Outlook They Don’t

The 2007 New York Times article titled “Dewey? At This Library With a Very Different Outlook They Don’t” documents how one public library, the Perry Branch Library in Gilbert, Arizona, had decided not to use the Dewey Decimal System to organize its

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Little Free Libraries Make the World a Brighter Place

In a photo essay for The New York Times, Katharine Q. Seelye recently highlighted the Little Free Library movement that’s steadily spread across not only the United States, but the entire world. It began as a tribute by Todd Bol of Hudson, Wisconsin,

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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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April Fool’s Joke Gone Wrong? Oregon’s Douglas County to close it’s Public Libraries on April 1

The Library Journal posted an article making this chilling announcement in it’s February 2017 issue. This news should serve as a wake-up call to all U.S. librarians that the power of the dollar can defeat the ethos of public service as information

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