NYT Timeline

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

This project is a timeline from 1915 to the present showing headlines with the words “birth control” from the New York Times. We wrote a script in Python (nytimes_api.py) to pull the relevant data from the NYT Article Search API; this included the publish date, a text snippet, and the URL to the full article….

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JSON-LD for Cemetery Data

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

BACKGROUND: This project’s naissance was in the bottom shelves of a local history & genealogy department of a middling public library in Maine. Resting on those shelves are cemetery maps, names and dates-data one could employ to find the resting place of an ancestor, or fodder for any number of studies and stories-cloistered in binders,…

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Tumblr Image Bot: a friendly social-media robot

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

The ARChive of Contemporary Music website features many image galleries depicting items from the collection, including records, CDs, sheet music, music-related books, and ephemera. Since the launch of the site in May 2014, web traffic to the galleries has been relatively low, about a third of the number of users that hit the homepage. The…

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Spanish Artists Dictionary Project

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

Introduction The Spanish Artists Dictionary (SAD) is a reference source created by scholars at the Frick Art Reference Library. Originally a print publication, the dictionary was formatted as a Filemaker database in the early 1990s and made available through the Frick’s online research portal. The database consists of 5,186 records describing Spanish artists; these records…

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Quipu: Chinese Exclusion Act

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

This Python 3.4 script is an attempt to build a simple web page of primary sources for a single subject. It queries resources in digital archives and special collections to retrieve metadata. It also downloads the thumbnails and URLS for the resources. This code is written to specifically find materials on the Chinese Exclusion Act….

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Scraping & Analyzing Photography Auctions

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

This is a project I worked on for the course “Programming for Cultural Heritage” at Pratt SILS in the fall of 2014. I became interested in the Dreweatts Auction House because I am QA’ing the website for my job at the Frick Art Reference Library’s Web Archiving Initiative. As a student of art history/library science…

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Wiki Scrape

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

For my final project I data scraped the Harry Potter Wiki site. I initially intended to create a script where I scraped all the listed character’s names and birthdates on the site. Then I planned to transpose that information onto a timeline, using Knightlab’s TimelineJS program, where a person could view the characters of the…

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Not being photogenic in the age of Instagram: Natural History Museums

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

Natural history museums are some of the most easily accessible museums to people of all walks of life and of all ages. How many of us went to a natural history museum in 2nd grade as a field trip? It’s easy to see how these natural history museums relate to so many of the lessons…

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Digital Strategy at The Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

For this interview, I spoke with the Director of Cross Platform Publishing, Strategic Partnership, and Acting Director of Digital and Emerging Media, Pamela Horn. Q. What is your job title at the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum? A. I hold several job titles at the museum. They are: Director of Cross-Platform Publishing, Strategic Partnership, and Acting Director…

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InstaFame: Is It Relevant to Museums?

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

Technology is often touted as the force moving society forward, a democratizing force. Social media technology, especially, has the power to build networks of people all over the world. Museums aren’t new to social media, the majority are on several platforms. It is an inevitable reality of the present, and while some may consider it…

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Digital Strategy at the SFMOMA

April 12, 2018 / 0 comments

SFMOMA Logo Since its inception in 1935 the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) has been in the forefront of innovative and successful museum strategy. This rings especially true after their reopening in 2016, to glean more insight on what it takes to not only stay relevant but true to your institution’s mission, vision,…

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Documenting the Document: Visualizing Connections Among the Snowden NSA Papers

April 4, 2018 / 0 comments

PPT Slide Show: Documenting the Document Student’s Name: Alexander Whelan Title of Project: “Documenting the Document: Visualiazing Connections Among the Snowden NSA Papers” Abstract: This network study visualizes every available document from the Snowden Document Search, a collaborative online repository between Courage Foundation and Transparency Toolkit which collects and codes metadata for NSA documents leaked…

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Decoding Picasso: Developing Visual Literacy in Children

April 4, 2018 / 0 comments

Tony and Kurt will report on a study that examined methods for engaging young children in visual literacy instruction. The study was conducted by LIS 630 (Research Design/Methods) students in collaboration with the Brooklyn Public Library. A brief summary is below. More detailed information can be found on these slides: InfoShow 2017 – Decoding Picasso…

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Building a 21st Century Public Library: Trends in U.S. Public Library Architecture 2004-2017

January 11, 2018 / 0 comments

“Seattle Public Library on a sunny day” by Moody75 Licensed under a [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/moody75/48112462/ What does it mean to build a public library for the 21st century? Library design should reflect the mission of the library. Traditionally, the library has been a space for books, but the…

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Metadata for Archives

January 11, 2018 / 0 comments

Our poster “Metadata for Archives” is a summary of our LIS653 Knowledge Organization group project. We focused on three main topics – Common Issues of Implementing Metadata in Archives, Encoded Archival Description (EAD), and Social Networks and Archival Content (SNAC). In our presentation we offered a detailed review of our findings to complement this summary….

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Marginalization in the Dewey Decimal Classification System

January 11, 2018 / 0 comments

Marginalization in the Dewey Decimal Classification System Presented by Heather V Hill & Megan Westman with Hilary Baribeau & Kevin Cosenza This project explores the ways in which the DDCS fails to represent and/or support marginalized groups, using literature related to four communities: Muslims, indigenous populations, trans and intersex people, and children. The project explores…

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Identity in LIS

January 11, 2018 / 0 comments

Students from Fall 2016’s Identity and Culturally Responsive Practice course will share findings from their scholarship on issues of race, class, and gender within the LIS field and our own SI community. Join us for a presentation and open discussion.         Author information nmars | The post Identity in LIS appeared first…

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The role of libraries within prisons, jails, and juvenile facilities

January 11, 2018 / 0 comments

This presentation will provide an overview of the current state of libraries within jails, prisons, and youth facilities: their policies, the programs they run, and their impact on incarcerated individuals. By examining collection development, patron privacy, prison law libraries, reference services, the school-to-prison pipeline, literacy programs for youth, and technology and information literacy, I hope to…

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Makerspaces in Action

January 11, 2018 / 0 comments

Students from two SI courses will describe and reflect on their experiences creating Makerspaces for adults and children. Some of these Makerspaces include writing different kinds of poetry, creating quizzes for participants to play, and writing political post cards to elected officials. Author information mwestman | The post Makerspaces in Action appeared first on #infoshow.

Generate New York 2017 Conference Panel Discussion

January 11, 2018 / 0 comments

UXPA@Pratt, a student chapter of the UXPA, organized a group trip to this year’s Generate New York web development conference. During this panel discussion, the trip’s eight attendees will address some key takeaways and common themes from the conference. This InfoShow17 Event Will Include the Following Participants Alex Hagenah Amanda Belantara Arushi Jaiswal Charles Dellebovi…

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