This is a jawn about libraries
by Poliana Irizarry
Posts tagged Libraries
Clarifications in re Indian Tribe LCSH
For the record: 1. This is not the first appearance of Nation LCSH. 2. For those non-catalogers: “corporation” in cat-speak means “group” or “organization” (as used in MARC field 110), not “company.”
I mean, it’s still racism because despite having Nation LCSH, it was refusing to acknowledge Nations as their own Governments, which they are.
More discussion on the recent LoC catalog changes for Native tribes.
tried again to find that paper about racism in LC subject headings. it was over a year ago, so it’s possible it’s been taken down but I found these:
Sanford Berman is a radical librarian, and passionate on the subject, and has a website devoted to this. On that site, I found a pdf titled “Three Decades since Prejudices and Antipathies: A Study of Changes in the Library of Congress Subject Headings” by Steven A. Knowlton. For some reason, accessing Berman’s actual website just gave me a blank page.
There was a conference on the bibliographic control of Afro-American literature in the 1970s (and presumably mentions LC subject headings). Volume 1 and Volume 2. If you look at the full record, you can see the paper titles that you can probably track down on your own via ILL or something if you’re interested in reading them. This is a post I found that elaborated on the conference a little bit, and led me to the volumes.
“Dewey deracialized: a critical race-theoretic perspective” by Jonathan Furner focuses on Dewey Decimal Classification but still interesting nonetheless.
This page from U of M has more bibliography on the matter.
Still disappointed though that I could find all of these but not that specific paper.
Here’s the thing. I do appreciate Sanford Berman’s work on subject headings etc. He seems to have done a lot of really solid work. Steven A. Knowlton & Jonathan Furner also have written some interesting articles.
Here’s the thing: they’re all white dudes. I’m not that interested in white dudes telling me about racism. I want to hear from librarians who are people of color (and not just E.J. Josey who was a bad ass, but c’mon now).
always surprised to see my posts still getting notes, but I’m reblogging this because The Stoutorialist made an excellent point about the profession. It is not only difficult to find information about racism in library classifications, but yeah, all I could find in a simple google search was done by white librarians.
American Library Association releases new data to update Diversity Counts report
I couldn’t agree more. I’ve spent a lot of time visiting libraries all over the country during the past few years, and I am often the only POC in a room full of librarians.
This is so fantastic. Libraries provide consumable ideas and aids for consumption. Sometimes our needs can come in the way of being able to visit the library purely for the pleasure of books. With it being the only safe, free, public space for intellectual progression, the library is becoming more and more “practical” by providing classes, computers, and now kitchen items for lending. What do you wish your library had? And conversely, are there any potential collection materials that could jeopardize a library’s function?
Hey wow that … RULES. I LOVE THE LIBRARY SO MUCH. My local branch has memberships to a few different arts institutions in the area; I think they were donated by a patron or someone on the board. So like, last year I was able to “check out” the membership card to a local arboretum and visit it with my boyfriend for free. <3(via thelalatheory)