Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 12-1 P.M. ET

What's Ethics Got To Do With It?

Date & Time:

Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 12-1 P.M. ET

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Cataloguing and classification work requires numerous decisions that have an impact on people. Sometimes these decisions and the standards that guide them harm individuals and groups of people.  This session identifies the need for ethical considerations in cataloguing. In addition, members of the Cataloging Ethics Steering Committee, a collaboration among representatives from Canada, the UK and the US, will also give an update on their work to create a cataloguing code of ethics.

About the Presenters:

May Chan is currently Head of Metadata Services for University of Toronto Libraries, having previously worked in public libraries for 17 years of experience. She is a member of the Joint Canada-US-UK Cataloguing Ethics Steering Committee serving as a representative for CFLA-FCAB’s Cataloguing and Metadata Standards Committee. A second-generation Chinese Canadian settler, she considers herself a “third culture kid” and is on the lookout for library workflows that inadvertently privilege certain users over others.

Jane Daniels is Bibliographic Librarian at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has worked in Technical Services in a public library authority and as the librarian for a local government Planning Department. She started her professional life working in medical libraries after graduating from the College of Librarianship Wales, Aberystwyth. She is Chair of the CILIP Metadata & Discovery Group.

Sarah Furger is a librarian cataloger at Joliet Public Library in Joliet, Illinois. She has a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago (2015) and received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2016. She has experience in academic, special, and public libraries, with previous employers including The University of Chicago Regenstein Library and the Newberry Library, with an emphasis on cataloging and metadata.

Dr. Diane Pennington is a Senior Lecturer in Information Science and the Information & Library Studies Course Director at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She teaches modules in organisation of knowledge, cataloguing, and library systems. Her research areas include library linked data implementation, tagging, and categorising health and wellbeing user engagement on social media. She is the incoming Chair of the CILIP Metadata & Discovery Group.

Beth Shoemaker is the Rare Book Librarian at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archive & Rare Book Library in Atlanta. Her work includes cataloging, collection development, teaching and curating exhibits in the Emory Libraries. Research interests include professional and cataloging ethics and cataloging education. Beth has been working from home since March and has learned to stay awake while her pets sleep, and how to crochet. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Karen Snow is an Associate Professor and the Ph.D. Program Director in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She teaches face-to-face and online in the areas of cataloging, classification, and metadata. Her main areas of research interest are cataloging quality, ethics, and education. In 2016, she received the Follett Corporation’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

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