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Wednesday, March 27 • 9:00am - 10:20am
Catalogers' Judgements: Ethical Cataloging and Artists from Underrepresented Groups

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Note: This session will be video-recorded and uploaded to the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

This panel will explore judgement calls made by catalogers that can affect access to material on or by artists from underrepresented groups and marginalized identities. Panelists will present local solutions, best practices, and broader thoughts on the most effective ways to highlight this material for the user while being respectful of the artists' personal and, in some cases, private information. Topics include representation of Native American artists in a Koha ILS and challenges surrounding kinship and other sensitive, non-publicly displayed information; zine creators and the use of pseudonyms as a form of protection when publishing on controversial issues; migration of digital collections on women artists and balancing the need for interoperability and discoverability with staff time; cataloging ephemera of Latin American social and political movements and questions of partisanship in subject analysis followed by a more general look at authority control and the idea that professional practices and cultural discourses are mutually interrelated; and a look at specific MARC elements and practices that can enhance access to diverse collections in any library.

Learning Objective:
  • This session will offer an overview of prescribed standards and their implications/pitfalls/possibilities when making ethical cataloging decisions.

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Andrea Puccio

Director of the Library, Clark Art Institute


Allison Colborne

Laboratory of Anthropology Library, Museum of Indian Arts and Culture
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Meredith Hale

Metadata Librarian, University of Tennessee
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Treshani Perera

Head of Fine Arts Technical Services, University of Kentucky
Treshani Perera (she/her) is the Head of Fine Arts Technical Services at the University of Kentucky Libraries Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library. Treshani provides original and complex copy cataloging for all formats and subject areas in the Fine Arts Library, oversees operations... Read More →
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Kelly Swickard

Metadata and Linked Data Strategist, Project MUSE
Kelly Swickard is a cataloging and metadata librarian who has over ten years’ experience working in academic librarianship.  Currently, she works as the Metadata and Linked Data Strategist at Project MUSE. Her interactions with library users and researchers has driven her to focus... Read More →
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Luiza Wainer

Metadata Librarian, Princeton University

Wednesday March 27, 2019 9:00am - 10:20am MDT
Grand America Hotel: Savoy (1st Floor) 555 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111