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Core Code of Conduct: https://www.ala.org/core/about/statement-of-conduct
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https://sites.google.com/view/cataloging-ethics/homeContains links to the Cataloguing Code of Ethics, but here is a direct link: http://bit.ly/3cbdmpW
Post your institution’s statement(s) if you have one
We're working on a statement with our archives staff
We are just working to add an inclusivity statement. You're sharing great resources - thank you!
Cataloging Lab: https://cataloginglab.org/list-of-statements-on-bias-in-library-and-archives-description/
@Misty - Slides will be shared
How do we share our statement?
We're working on creating an EDI addendum to our collection development policy and I am intending to add information about critical cataloging
statement #2 - we've used this as guidance to make a policy that our library will not include 386 in records
A statement is a good first step. We're working on that, too. However, many of us are frustrated with LC in terms of EDI issues when it comes to controlled vocabularies. With linked data, our dependence on LC is more profound.
+1 Erin re statement #2/386
I think never including 386 is misguided. We want to be able to provide access to creator characteristics
statement 2: our performance plans include elements of EDI and staff are given the time to focus on this.
Mary Beth Weber
I agree with Annamarie.
That's an interesting statement on 386. We are thinking of using it to automate a diversity audit of authors.
I work in a library within a larger institution and it's really difficult because even our library director doesn't necessarily understand cataloging work so it's harder to explain to the organization director. I feel a little stuck
@Maren - I'm seeing some comments only going to panelists instead of all panelists and attendees.
@Misty, re: making time. Yes there is a tension between the idea of “productivity” vs investing the time required to learn and rebuild. I think those tensions need to be identified at the workplace to clarify priorities.
I'm particularly interested in hearing from Karen how these statements are being folded in to LIS recruiting and matriculation of a more diverse community of future catalogers.
Make sure you post your comments to "Everyone"
We are outsourcing our cataloging at this time. It is good to be thoughtful about how we request records to be built and if the company has made any headway in this area.
I have the opposite issue to the solo cataloger: convincing an entire consortium of libraries with very different resources and priorities? Also not easy!
Since LC will not address these issues with CV, I would like to see an organization - perhaps even ALA - take up the banner of providing alterative linked data CV terms. For instance, Homosaurus (https://homosaurus.org/) provides linked data term alternatives. We know from the Report of the SAC Working Group on Alternatives to LCSH "Illegal aliens" (https://alair.ala.org/handle/11213/14582) that technology and systems tie us to terms that are a problem. Otherwise, we are just working with best intentions.
I agree with the person that mentioned consortiums. My hands are tied with anything doing with bib records let alone ethics & EDI.
Beth: Fortunately vocabularies like Getty and Homosaurus are linked data ready.
I'm the cataloging manager at a large public library in Indiana. We outsource the cataloging and processing of nearly all of our books, as well as load batch files of many e-resources that we traditionally haven't reviewed after they enter our catalog (due to time/staffing/quantity of records loaded). I'm about to lose a senior cataloging librarian and we're still training two new MLIS catalogers. How can we begin to think about ethical issues when staffing is in turmoil and so many MARC records enter our catalog in batch files that don't get cataloger scrutiny after the fact?
For those in consortiums, do you have cataloging groups or committees that you can appeal to? We (U Washington) are in a consortium and its cataloging group has discussed DEI topics for a few years now.
This may be beyond the scope of this webinar, but what does an "inclusive" catalog actually look like? I am a cataloging supervisor in a large public library where 98% of our cataloging is copy cataloging. What should copy catalogers be expected to look for?
@Erin we have an advisory group that can make recommendations and a technical group with members from all libraries that approves policies.
That's a great question, Katie! I wish I had solutions
@Erin Tech services staff from across our consortium meet twice a year to discuss issues that aren't easily managed in chat/Discourse/email.
@Katie, good question. I don't think there is a single solution, but maybe train copy catalogers to speak up if they see anything in records about which they are concerned.
This was the best we could do with "illegal aliens" in Ohio through OhioLINK, a consortium. As you will see alternative terms were added. We couldn't fully remove the term "illegal aliens" or its related terms. https://www.ohiolink.edu/press/ohiolink_adds_alternative_subject_headings_central_catalog_marc_records
@Ann, if I may ask, what was the barrier to removing the term?
One last consortium suggestion...this spring, several of our consortium groups worked collaboratively on the archives group's guidelines for addressing bias and putting notes in MARC records and finding aids. Additional work was working with the Primo Customization Standing Group on a way to display DEI statements in the Send It box in Primo for each records (to avoid replicating the same note in records). Presentation recording and slides - https://www.orbiscascade.org/about/events/meetings/summer-meeting-2021/ "Cross Alliance Collaboration in Service of EDI"
@Katie, agreed, really good question. I think this question goes beyond subject headings. We as catalogers can also influence processing, description, and shelf organization. For example, at my large public library we had an "African American" genre when I started. I worked with our Adult Services department and moved those items into their respective genres - mystery, romance, sci fi, etc.
does anyone provide tagging options?
@Misty Alvaro, read the SAC working group report on (https://alair.ala.org/handle/11213/14582). It explains the hurtles with breaking up with LC.
@Annamarie, things are always more complicated in a consortium! We most likely lack ways to go beyond what we did with the "Illegal aliens" suite
@Andrea, perhaps one idea about promoting an ethical lens to cataloguing work during staffing changes could be encouraging new staff when onboarding them to keep cataloguing ethics in mind … to refer to as a guide?
@Annamarie, thank you
@May That's a good idea for an interview question, as well as for onboarding new staff.
Thank you all. This has been enlightening. I will definitely look into the resources you've referenced.
Thank you for this discussion, it's been very helpful!
Thank you everyone. This was great!
Thank you everyone!
Thank you so much. Great conversation.
Great session. Thank you!
Thank you! This was great!!
Thank you this presentation!
Thank you! I eagerly await the Code being adopted by professional organizations
Mary Beth Weber
Thank you, everyone - presenters & attendees!!
@Andrea, another thought re: outsourcing and batch files not getting scrutiny .. I like to build relationships with public services and encourage them submit user issues when interacting with the catalogue … especially if due to poor metadata. The feedback is something I can float “up” to invest time to improve vendor data
Thank you! And than you Core for making this one free!
Thank you all!
Very excited for the Core Forum, and this was a great presentation!
Thank you, everyone