So, eventually catalogers will no longer be able to really identify anybody in their authority work? Another victim of our new obsession with security since 9/11 or a sign of the age to come = more information available than ever before, but with less and less accuracy (and hence, value)?
Just thinking out loud as I contemplate returning to cataloging from my eastern Nebraska vacstion next week.
----- Original Message -----
From: Gail Hueting <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 2:56 pm
Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] privacy of birth dates
> Newspapers usually only put full birth dates in obituaries, I
> Other stories sometimes give the person's age. Presumably
> theft is less of a problem after someone dies!
> I remember doing authority work on the name of someone here on
> and there was another person with the same name born in the same
> The local person asked not to have her full birth date in the
> record for just the reasons mentioned.
> Gail Hueting
> Principal Cataloger
> University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
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> A. Ralph Papakhian wrote:
> > hi,
> > i have wondered about the presumed privacy of birth date
> information.> does anyone know for sure (as in citing chapter and
> verse of some law)?
> > many newspapers regularly report birth information as a matter
> of record,
> > no?
> > --ralph p.
> > A. Ralph Papakhian, Indiana University Music Library
> > Bloomington, IN 47405 812/855-2970 [log in to unmask]
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