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Monday, February 3, 2014

Cataloging and Social Justice

  • Adamich, T. (2009). Foreign Language Cataloging, Non-Native English Speakers, and Equitable Access. Technicalities, 29(2), 7-11. 
  • Adler, M. & Harper, L. M. (2018). Race and ethnicity in classification systems: Teaching knowledge organization from a social justice perspective. Library Trends 67(1), 52-73.  https://muse.jhu.edu/article/706988 
  • Adler, M. (2017). Classification along the color line: Excavating racism in the stacks. Journal of Critical Library and Information Studies 1. http://libraryjuicepress.com/journals/index.php/jclis/article/view/17 
  • Adler, M. (2016). The Case for Taxonomic Reparations. Knowledge Organization, 43(8), 630-640.  https://digital.lib.washington.edu/researchworks/handle/1773/37933 
  • Adler, M. and Tennis, J. T. (2013). "Toward a Taxonomy of Harm in Knowledge Organization Systems." Knowledge Organization 40(4): 266-272. 
  • Adler, M. (2009). Transcending Library Catalogs: A Comparative Study of Controlled Terms in Library of Congress Subject Headings and User-Generated Tags in LibraryThing for Transgender Books. Journal of Web Librarianship, 3(4), 309-331. doi:10.1080/19322900903341099 
  • Bardenheier, P., Wilkinson, E. H. and Dale, H. (2015). Ki te Tika te Hanga, Ka Pakari te Kete: With the Right Structure We Weave a Strong Basket. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 53(5-6), 496-519. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01639374.2015.1008716
  • Bergman, B., Schomberg, J. and D. Kurtz. (2016). Survey of classification and organization of videorecordings. Library Resources & Technical Services 60(3), 156-167. http://cornerstone.lib.mnsu.edu/lib_services_fac_pubs/59/
  • Berman, S. (1971). Prejudices and antipathies: A tract on the LC subject heads concerning people. Metuchen, N.J: Scarecrow Press. See Knowlton (2005) for a 30 years later reflection.
  • Billey, A., Drabinski, E. & K. R. Roberto. (2014). What’s gender got to do with it? A critique of RDA 9.7. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 52(4), 412-421. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01639374.2014.882465
  • Biswas, P. (2017). Rooted in the past: Use of "East Indians" in Library of Congress Subject Headings. CCQ http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/01639374.2017.1386253 
  • Bowker, G. C. and Star, S. L. (1999). Sorting things out: Classification and its consequences. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.
  • Burns, C. (2019). Diversity and inclusion in cataloging & metadata: Paths forward. Music Library Association conference. https://ajs.hcommons.org/deposits/item/hc:25513/
  • Campbell, G. (2001). Queer Theory and the Creation of Contextualized Subject Access Tools for Gay and Lesbian Communities. Knowledge Organization 27. http://www.ergon-verlag.de/tocs/ko/27_2000_3.pdf
  • Chaikhambung, J. & K. Tuamsuk. (2017). Knowledge classification on ethnic groups in Thailand. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 55(2), 89-104. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01639374.2016.1271074
  • Cherry, A. and Mukunda, K. (2015). A Case Study in Indigenous Classification: Revisiting and Reviving the Brian Deer Scheme. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 53(5-6), 548-567. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01639374.2015.1008717
  •  Clarke, R. I. and Schoonmaker, S. (2019). Metadata for diversity: Identification and implications of potential access points for diverse library resources. Journal of Documentation 76(1), 173-196.


  1. I think Grant Campbell's work is pretty terrific: Campbell, Grant. “Queer Theory and the Creation of Contextualized Subject Access Tools for Gay and Lesbian Communities. Knowledge Organization 27 (Fall 2001).

  2. Fantastic - thank you! I'll update the list.

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  4. You might consider adding this to the bibliography:

    Report of the PCC Ad Hoc Task Group on Gender in Name Authority Records

  5. You should look at this paper also.

    Cataloging Pierre Bourdieu's Books. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, Volume 19, Issue 1, p. 89-105, 1994.