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Where it all comes together . . . historic clothing meets new librarianship

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This past March I found myself in a room with an amazing team of scholars, beginning to plan a project of epic proportions for the historic dress community: the project that has become HistoricDress.org. (some examples of the diverse materials … Continue reading

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Technology won’t replace scholars, but how far can the technology get us?

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Today the Working Group was bursting with ideas … everything from applying Mechanical Turk workers to creating a virtual Nancy Rexford!  Can Nancy’s “Like-with-Like” methodology be simulated with computer aided recognition? How do we teach students how to see?  Technology … Continue reading

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I knew that I was walking into an ambitious project, creating a database, even a small one, is a huge feat

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Lydia Wilson, student participant, Smith College, says: The first day of the project was absolutely the most intimidating day. I knew that I was walking into an ambitious project, creating a database, even a small one, is a huge feat. When I saw the … Continue reading

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What’s the difference between a swag and a meander?

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Kitty Cassetti, student participant, Hampshire College, says: I came into this project expecting it to be much bigger than it actually was. I was expecting to be neck deep in historical garments and be able to be up close and … Continue reading

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Cataloging became a game: hunting down all the information scribbled on cards and making it into a logical, orderly, beautiful compilation

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Megan Yeo, student participant, Smith College, says: The fascinating part about this project actually came as a surprise for me, in my enjoyment of the work processes. To be honest, I didn’t really know what I was getting into before … Continue reading

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