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Presentation at Cilip Cataloguing & Indexing Group's Name Authority workshop, A. Rose, by any other name, 23 October 2009.

Presentation at Cilip Cataloguing & Indexing Group's Name Authority workshop, A. Rose, by any other name, 23 October 2009.

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    What's in a name? What's in a name? Presentation Transcript

    • WHAT’S IN A NAME? ANNE WELSH LECTURER IN LIBRARY & INFORMATION STUDIES, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
    • Vanitas Vanitatem Mary Madden. Digital footprints: identity, search, social networking. Pew Internet & American Life Project, 2008. http://www.pewinternet.org/Presentations/2008/Digital-Footprints.aspx
    • Who Am I?
    • Who Am I?
    • Who Am I?
    • Favourite Alter-egos [I am not an American hairdresser] http://www.annewelshsalon.com/
    • Favourite Alter-egos [I am not a pediatric MD] http://www.ucomparehealthcare.com/drs/washington/pediatrics/Welsh_Anne.html
    • Favourite Alter-egos [I am not an ASBO caseworker] http://www.lostamigos.net/logon/userDetails.asp?name=Anne+Welsh&user_id=94096
    • Favourite Alter-egos [I was not born in 1548] http://records.ancestry.com/Anne%20Welsh_records.ashx?pid=10234180
    • Who Am I? [Not quite as pretty as this girl] [Nor as pirate as this one]
    • “ My” composite persona Personas: an art installation, http://personas.media.mit.edu/personasWeb.html
    • This is me
    • A rough guide to those who have found me http://twittersheep.com/
    • “ Raindrops on roses …” (a few of my most find-worthy things)
    • Split personality? (E-LIS browse search by author) It’s as if this article were never written
    • But enough about me … John H. Bowman, author of the cataloguing textbook par excellence.
    • Clicking on “John H. Bowman” John H. Bowman, taxation expert??? What’s happened here?
    • Clicking on “Bowman, J.H.” in a standard library OPAC
    • Google Scholar Ophthalmologist Taxation and property expert Chemist? Inventor? CATALOGUER Inventor
    • Organisational names
    • “ Name Authority”
      • Not a term users would use
      • “ I can’t find the right Joe Bloggs.”
      • “ I can’t find everything by Jane Smith : she’s been married and divorced twice, I think.”
      • “ I want a bibliography of all my publications.”
      • “ Why do I have to use different search terms on book and article databases?”