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Faster, Greener, and More Reliable

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LSU Libraries recently upgraded its online catalog and related library systems by moving them to new servers on the cloud. The move was part of a statewide migration conducted by LOUIS: The Louisiana Library Network, which had been hosting the

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Cleaning up after Katrina: A Special Collections Perspective

As a repository of historical materials about Louisiana, it’s only natural that Special Collections look back and remember those harrowing and heartbreaking days after Hurricane Katrina. The library and archives community in Louisiana is a relatively small one, and many

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The ExxonMobil Baton Rouge Historic Collection

Joe Kirkwood's retirement event at which he received his new bicycle, September 30, 1952.

In the decades following the Civil War, Baton Rouge never grew much beyond its pre-War size–about 5000 people.   However, the make-up of that population certainly changed a great deal over the decades. The end of the war meant the end

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E-textbook initiative receives student government support

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LSU Libraries has received $10,000 to support e-textbooks through an LSU Student Government Finance bill during this semester’s legislative session. The e-textbook initiative provides students with free access to e-book versions of required textbooks. In the 2014-2015 academic year, the

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Political Strategist Donna Brazile donates her papers to LSU

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Though she has made her name and home in Washington D.C. for the past three decades, distinguished LSU alumna, veteran political strategist and commentator, author, and Democratic Party official Donna Brazile makes no secret of her pride in being a

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Coverage of JSTOR titles triples

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LSU Libraries’ JSTOR titles have tripled this fall, with access to six additional collections. LSU students, faculty and staff now have access to Arts & Sciences VI, Arts & Sciences VIII, Arts & Sciences IX, Arts & Sciences X, Arts

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Spot the fake

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In 2010, a woman brought a copy of the July 2/4, 1863, edition of the Vicksburg Daily Citizen for an appraisal on the popular PBS series, Antiques Roadshow, at the time touring in Biloxi, Mississippi.  An especially famous newspaper, this

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Old Skool Photoshop

Contact print, showing before and after retouching.

Long before the days of glamour shots and digital images edited with Photoshop, many traditional film photographers used a method of retouching the original negative with a finely pointed lead pencil to achieve a smooth, desirable skin texture. Drawing on

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Something’s brewing in Special Collections

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It’s not too late to sign up for Lager for Libraries, a beer tasting and fundraiser for the LSU Libraries that will be held tomorrow, June 5, from 6-8 p.m. at Tin Roof Brewing Co. in Baton Rouge. And if

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Hill documents featured in new book

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Louisianians (or Luisianeses) and Their Hill Documents Featured in Hispanic Americans in Congress, 1822-2012 A recent publication by the U.S. Government Printing Office offers further glimpses into how Louisiana and its citizens (Luisiana and Luisianeses in Spanish) have figured in

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An Astronomical Acquisition

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Tomorrow is Astronomy Day, a national event founded in 1973 “to increase public awareness about astronomy and our wonderful universe.” The weekend weather forecast in Baton Rouge doesn’t look so great for stargazing, so if the skies don’t clear up,

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Big Fights in Special Collections

John L. Sullivan Ex-Champion of the World

Most boxing fans remember New Orleans as the site of the famous Sugar Ray Leonard vs. Roberto Durán “No Más Fight” in the Superdome on November 25, 1980, but in the late nineteenth century, the Crescent City stood as one

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