Category Organizing Information

Claude Elwood Shannon: The Father of Information Theory

  Claude Shannon grew-up in Gaylord, Michigan during the 1920’s where he spent his free time fixing radios for a nearby department store, building radio-controlled boats, model planes, and perhaps most impressively, a telegraph system to his friend’s house that spanned a distance of a half of a mile. In 1932 Shannon left Gaylord to […]

Mashups in the library

During my undergraduate I wrote my first ever term paper on mashups of the musical variety (take for example Danger Mouse’s famous ‘Grey Album,’ a mashup of Jay-Z’s ‘Black Album’ and The Beatles’ ‘White Album’). My paper dealt primarily with copyright law, and the line between infringement and fair use – slippery waters to say the […]

The Library of Unborrowed Books by Meriç Algün Ringborg

  “There is a selection made of what books accompany us into the future. Within education, for instance, the establishment of a canon is clear – it is the venue for the particular echo that determines what books persevere, those that are to be kept in the loop and read again by the next generation. […]

The future of bibliographic discovery, access and delivery

How can libraries win back the users they have lost to search engines, wikis and open source programs? The Library of Congress, OCLC, the Research Information Network and the National Library of Australia all agree that changes in library database and catalog access could be the answer. In his article featured in the 2011 issue […]

The Museum of Endangered Sounds

Since in April of 2012, three friends operating collectively under the guise of Brendan Chilcutt – an AOL using, gerbil loving, electronic noise enthusiast – have been preserving and sharing the sounds of old technologies through The Museum of Endangered Sounds. Yes, their museum features the gorgeous symphonies of cathode ray tube TV’s, the beeps and bops […]

British Printed Images to 1700

British Printed Images to 1700 is an amazing searchable database of prints and book illustrations from early modern Britain. The online library was a collaboration between numerous libraries and museums in England, primarily The British Museum and The National Art Library at The Victoria and Albert Museum. bpi1700 uses individual cataloging records for each of the […] & The Art Genome Project, powered by The Art Genome Project is an online platform for users to discover – and if you have the means to – purchase art. The Art Genome Project is an “open source project to map artists in real time” that aims to “make art searchable.”  is “an ongoing study of the characteristics that […]