The topic of literature to address ethical issues in cataloging has been addressed here before, but not for several years, as far as I can tell. As a part of the ALISE Technical Services Education Special Interest Group session at the meeting in Boston in January, I plan to present some ideas for a core reading list for introducing ethics in beginning courses in knowledge organization. My guiding research question is: What literature in LIS can best introduce the ethical dilemmas and issues encountered by cataloging and metadata professionals in modern library and other information settings? I have a few ideas of my own, but would love to get your thoughts. Are there particular articles or book chapters that you find most useful in addressing topics such as ethical practices in the establishment and use of classification systems, thesauri, and subject headings, best practices for the use of cataloging codes to serve diverse groups, and the development of user-focused interfaces to catalog and other organized metadata? I'm specifically looking for literature that can introduce these issues to masters-level students.
Thanks in advance for any suggestions! In the presentation, I will be sure and acknowledge the list for any citations I add as a result of this query.
Maurine McCourry, Ph.D.
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