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Ethical questions in name authority control

Ethical questions in name authority control JOURNAL OF ACCESS SERVICES 2020, VOL. 17, NO. 1, 69–70 REVIEWS AND REMARKS Ethical questions in name authority control, edited by Jane Sandberg. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, (2019). The recognition that librarians and library spaces are not politically neutral or free from bias has become a rallying cry for social justice-oriented librarians. In Ethical Questions in Name Authority Control, edited by Electronic Resources Librarian at Linn-Benton Community College Jane Sandberg, this sentiment extends to a founda- tional element of a library and its materials – the catalog. This book builds on the idea that the name authority records used to collocate and differentiate an author and their work are not neutral records of fact, but are instead reflections of distinct choices a cataloger makes when creating an authority record. In choosing to include or withhold certain aspects of an author’s identity, a cataloger will not only influence the ability of a patron to access the full extent of an author’s work, but also a patron’s understand- ing of who that author is. This is, in fact, quite a powerful position for a cataloger to have over a person’s identity. From violating an author’s privacy to omitting an author’s http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Access Services Taylor & Francis

Ethical questions in name authority control

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Taylor & Francis
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© 2019 The Author(s). Published with license by Taylor & Francis Group, LLC
ISSN
1536-7967
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1536-7975
DOI
10.1080/15367967.2019.1698959
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JOURNAL OF ACCESS SERVICES 2020, VOL. 17, NO. 1, 69–70 REVIEWS AND REMARKS Ethical questions in name authority control, edited by Jane Sandberg. Sacramento, CA: Library Juice Press, (2019). The recognition that librarians and library spaces are not politically neutral or free from bias has become a rallying cry for social justice-oriented librarians. In Ethical Questions in Name Authority Control, edited by Electronic Resources Librarian at Linn-Benton Community College Jane Sandberg, this sentiment extends to a founda- tional element of a library and its materials – the catalog. This book builds on the idea that the name authority records used to collocate and differentiate an author and their work are not neutral records of fact, but are instead reflections of distinct choices a cataloger makes when creating an authority record. In choosing to include or withhold certain aspects of an author’s identity, a cataloger will not only influence the ability of a patron to access the full extent of an author’s work, but also a patron’s understand- ing of who that author is. This is, in fact, quite a powerful position for a cataloger to have over a person’s identity. From violating an author’s privacy to omitting an author’s

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