Session Update from Atlanta: Expanding Horizons

Expanding Horizons: Developing and Accessing Diverse Collections

Friday May 28th, 2007 11:00 a.m.
Moderated by Laurel Bliss

Terri Boccia (Sterling & Francine Clark Institute) Amazing bibliography/webliography of resources on contemporary African, Asian, and Latin American resources! To many to list here, but she is happy to send links to attendees!

Jennifer Strickland (Ithaca College) spoke research needs of academic faculty, as well as on LCSH terminology challenges.

History of Visual Culture – trends

  • Blurring of High and Low culture
  • Shift from text-based to image-based culture – creates interdisciplinary requests for images
  • Parallel study by academics, but little communication about research topics
    • body image in art
    • age in art
    • gender in art
    • fashion, politics,power
    • race, ethnicity in art
    • Architecture & landscape in pop culture
  • Use of media to analyze The Media – increased request for *high-quality* visual materials
  • Angle of inquiry of these topics doesn’t always match traditional access points
  • Working with faculty to discuss appropriate library headings! This was added work for library staff, explaining appropriateness, etc.
  • Future solutions:

    In conclusion, how far do we take this? How much of this is useful?

“The impious maintain that nonsense is normal in the library and that the reasonable . . . is almost an exception.”

“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.” — Jorge Luis Borges

D. Vanessa Kam (Stanford University)

LCSH is a Linguistic megaphenomenoa which reflects the worldview of those who created it –

  • Western viewers, Aristotle, etc.
  • meant to capture the whole of knowledge.
  • Unavoidably biased – they percieve the world from white male Eurocentric Christian viewpoint

First Nations defined as groups in Canada and Native Americans in the US. Still a problematic term.

English language restricted by amount of verbs, and is instead of noun-based which is limited in describing people, emotions, etc. Why do the Inuit have so many words for snow? Aboriginal languages are rich with verbs, adverbs.

Analysis of a LC record for The Sacred Hoop: Recovering the Feminine in American Indian Traditions.

The problem of “indians” vs. Native Americans – first nations? indigenous?

Subject headings identifying . . . – suggestion to change SH from Mohawk vs. Mohawk Indians

What’s the outcome? Many efforts to revise LC Subject Headings, others are dispensing with LCSH.

An alternative – Brian deer classification systems – developed by Brian Deer. No faceting, geographically modeled.

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