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Friday, September 20 • 10:30am - 11:20am
Making radical cataloging everyday cataloging : incorporating EDI principles in your catalog

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Library cataloging standards instruct us to be neutral, but our biases inevitably color our decisions. The classification structures we use are inextricably bound with the late nineteenth century ideas they were created to function within. While we can never create a neutral system, we must strive to make the frameworks we work within as equitable as possible. However, change in these systems seems to move at a glacial pace, and the revision process can seem complex and opaque. Attend this session to learn to identify harmful bias in catalogs and evaluate potential solutions on both a local and global scale. Participants will be empowered to advocate for the value of culturally-considerate cataloging and learn about ways to become involved in shaping classification for the benefit of library users around the world. Non-catalogers are especially welcome!

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Violet Fox

Violet Fox is a cataloging and library metadata expert. Her research interests and publications center on the ethical dimensions of controlled vocabularies and best practices in library cataloging and classification.

kalan Knudson Davis

kalan Knudson Davis is an American Library Association (ALA) 2019 Emerging Leader sponsored by the Minnesota Library Association. kalan has worked in academic and research libraries throughout North Dakota and Minnesota since 2002. She currently works in the at the University of Minnesota... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 10:30am - 11:20am CDT
Owatonna 1