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Wine, Witchcraft, Women, Wool: Classifying Women's Studies Collections - Sarah Hume

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Presented at LISDIS 2015, Saturday 15 November 2015

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Wine, Witchcraft, Women, Wool: Classifying Women's Studies Collections - Sarah Hume

  1. 1. Wine, Witchcraft, Women, Wool: Classifying Women's Studies Collections Sarah Hume #LISDIS sarahfhume
  2. 2. Anyone who genuinely thinks that cataloging tools and copy are okay probably has not looked at them lately Sanford Berman, “Cataloging Tools and ‘Copy’: The Myth of Acceptability ­ a Public Librarian’s Viewpoint,” in Cataloging Heresy: Challenging the Standard Bibliographic Product, ed. Bella Hass Weinberg (Medford: Learned Information Inc., 1992), 36. Sanford Berman:
  3. 3. Facets of a self You are your gender, race, ethnicity, class, sexuality, health...
  4. 4. METHODOLOGY 300 word taxonomy
  5. 5. METHODOLOGY 300 word taxonomy Each term mapped to DDC number and LCSH
  6. 6. METHODOLOGY 300 word taxonomy Each term mapped to DDC number and LCSH Results analysed
  7. 7. DDC
  8. 8. DDC One to one mapping - 48%
  9. 9. DDC One to one mapping - 48% Includes medical and legal concepts
  10. 10. DDC One to one mapping - 48% Includes medical and legal concepts Complex mapping - 8%
  11. 11. DDC One to one mapping - 48% Includes medical and legal concepts Complex mapping - 8% Compound terms, inappropriate contexts
  12. 12. DDC One to one mapping - 48% Includes medical and legal concepts Complex mapping - 8% Compound terms, inappropriate contexts No mapping - 44%
  13. 13. DDC One to one mapping - 48% Includes medical and legal concepts Complex mapping - 8% Compound terms, inappropriate contexts No mapping - 44% Discipline specific concepts, concepts of gender and sexuality
  14. 14. LCSH
  15. 15. LCSH One to one mapping - 63%
  16. 16. LCSH One to one mapping - 63% Medical and legal concepts, colloquial phrases
  17. 17. LCSH One to one mapping - 63% Medical and legal concepts, colloquial phrases Complex mapping - 11%
  18. 18. LCSH One to one mapping - 63% Medical and legal concepts, colloquial phrases Complex mapping - 11% Outdated language, vague/undetailed headings
  19. 19. LCSH One to one mapping - 63% Medical and legal concepts, colloquial phrases Complex mapping - 11% Outdated language, vague/undetailed headings No mapping - 26%
  20. 20. LCSH One to one mapping - 63% Medical and legal concepts, colloquial phrases Complex mapping - 11% Outdated language, vague/undetailed headings No mapping - 26% Feminism, sexuality, gender, intersectionality
  21. 21. Conclusions
  22. 22. Conclusions DDC is not suitable for a stand alone Women's Studies collection
  23. 23. Conclusions LCSH is slightly more suitable for a Women's Studies collection
  24. 24. Conclusions Stand alone Women's Studies collections are rare
  25. 25. The way forward?
  26. 26. The way forward? Structural changes
  27. 27. The way forward? Institutional policies
  28. 28. The way forward? Proactive cataloguing
  29. 29. All images from Gratisography, Unsplash and Morguefile, Creative Commons Zero sarahfhume slideshare.net/sarahfhume THANK YOU!

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