[Eril-l] ALCTS e-Forum: Power that is Moral: Cataloging and Ethics

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ALCTS e-Forum: Power that is Moral: Cataloging and Ethics

September 5-6, 2017

Moderated by Violet Fox and Beth Shoemaker

Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!

Registration information is at the end of the message.

Each day, discussion begins and ends at:

Pacific: 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Mountain: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Central: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Eastern: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Catalogers know that the decisions they make in their work can enhance or
obscure access to resources. Instructions when applying subject headings
are framed in the arguably unattainable prescription to strive for
neutrality. Neither the ALA Code of Ethics or the 1994 Guidelines for ALCTS
Members to Supplement the American Library Association Code of Ethics speak
specifically to the day-to-day challenges faced by catalogers—how would a
code written with cataloging practice in mind be useful?

At ALA Annual in June 2017, Elizabeth Shoemaker & Hope Olson spoke at the
CaMMS Forum about “Power That Is Moral: Creating a Cataloging Code of
Ethics” (http://connect.ala.org/node/265990). This forum is designed to
continue that discussion about creating a document that would help guide
ethical cataloging decisions.


Violet Fox is Metadata Librarian at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint
John’s University (Minnesota) and a 2013 graduate of the University of
Washington iSchool. She has been the News Editor for Cataloging and
Classification Quarterly since 2014. Her research interests include the
intricacies of zine cataloging and the ethics of classification. Chat with
Violet on Twitter at @violetbfox.

Beth Shoemaker is the Rare Book Cataloger at Emory University’s Stuart A.
Rose Manuscript, Archive & Rare Book Library. She graduated from the GSLIS
at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in 2014. Her research
interests are cataloging and discovery of artists’ books and ethics in
cataloging and metadata production. You can reach her at:
elizabeth.shoemaker at emory.edu.

What Is an e-Forum?

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of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The
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address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate
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to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it's free.

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*Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.*
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