Decolonizing the Way Libraries Organize



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dc.contributor.author White, Hollie C.
dc.date.accessioned 2019-03-13T16:07:21Z
dc.date.available 2019-03-13T16:07:21Z
dc.date.issued 2018
dc.identifier.uri https://eduq.info/xmlui/handle/11515/37120
dc.description.abstract Knowledge organization systems (KOSs) are social constructs that represent the needs and knowledge of specific communities at specific times and places (Olsen, 1998; Svenonius, 2000; Hunter, 2009). Libraries use knowledge organization systems like cataloging codes, classification schemes, and languages of aboutness to describe the information objects they hold. These structures are central to library cataloging (Farnel, 2017). Because library KOSs reflect the biases of the time periods and places they were created, applications of these systems outside of those contexts are potentially problematic in terms of gender, culture, and ethnic exclusion (Olsen, 1998; Alemu & Stevens, 2015). Many of the systems used in libraries throughout the world originated in the United States or Europe. It is time to consider the impact that these systems have outside of their designated contexts and how to integrate other perspectives. The purpose of this paper is to question the cultural suitability of the systems and procedures libraries have in place to organize materials. As stated by Berman, the systems and approaches that catalogers adhere to are “so slavish” (Berman & Gross, 2017). When librarians talk about changes to codes and standards that are currently in use, it is often at the micro-level. These micro-level changes include submitting a term addition or term change request to the Library of Congress Subject Headings; or adding/revising a rule to Resource Description and Access. What may be needed are not these micro-level changes, but changes at the macrolevel. Librarians need to feel empowered to go beyond the Euro-American models of library cataloging work, without feeling that they are violating the integrity of their relationships with networks and consortia. Structures need to be in place to allow libraries and catalogers to vary the way they apply the necessary guidelines. Specific examples - with an emphasis on Southeast Asia - is presented to argue these points. fr
dc.format.extent 1 fichier PDF fr
dc.format.medium Ressource électronique fr
dc.language.iso eng fr
dc.publisher International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) fr
dc.relation.ispartof Actes du 84e IFLA WLIC, Kuala Lumpur (Malaisie), 24 au 30 août 2018 fr
dc.subject Valeurs fr
dc.subject Bibliothèque fr
dc.subject Classification (Sciences de l'information) fr
dc.subject Description des documents fr
dc.subject Système d'information fr
dc.subject Idéologie fr
dc.title Decolonizing the Way Libraries Organize fr
dc.type Actes de colloque fr
dc.rights.license CC BY


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