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!
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:
- Plymouth State OPAC prototype – run off of WordPress!!!
- North Carolina State University uses Endeca
- Social tagging @ LibraryThing
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
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.