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Ethical issues in cataloguing / Gordon Dunsire


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Paper presented at the Cataloguing & Indexing Group conference in Edinburgh, UK in 2018.

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Ethical issues in cataloguing / Gordon Dunsire

  1. 1. Ethical issues in cataloguing Gordon Dunsire Presented at “Metadata: Create, Share and Enrich”, CILIP Cataloguing & Indexing Group Conference 2018, Edinburgh, Scotland, 5-7 September 2018
  2. 2. RDA Toolkit April 2015 Proposal: Add “transgender” Vocabulary encoding scheme (controlled terminology)
  3. 3. Wikipedia:
  4. 4. The origins of gender in modern cataloguing practice?
  5. 5. FRAD: RDA: Assigned by “authority” Assigned by self
  6. 6. Gender Females Males Transsexuals Male-to-female transsexuals
  7. 7. RDA Toolkit April 2016 Outcomes Proposal: Add “transgender” – Rejected RDA vocabulary encoding scheme removed Element retained for legacy applications Utility may be questioned in future “Gender is not recorded as part of an access point”
  8. 8. These are not initials; no space between them Rowling does not want to identify a gender
  9. 9. No sex, please We have gender-free given names Or, we are fictional
  10. 10. Who is responsible? And what is their gender?,204,203,200_.jpg
  11. 11. Boxcar Children specials 1993-
  12. 12. Posthumously by = Published or created?
  13. 13. It’s a poor sort of memory that only works backwards Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast. Cataloguing in Wonderland The question is which is to be master – that’s all. Serials and other diachronic works! Principle of representation! Authority control!
  14. 14. Thank you! RDA Steering Committee RDA Toolkit