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At NYU, we usually have a seance after hours ... but to clarify what I wrote yesterday. 

I'll use any information that's on the resource I'm cataloging. I'll also use anything on an author's website, faculty directory, gallery exhibition page, etc., but I would hestitate to use a birthdate found via Google without confirming it with the person.

Elizabeth Lilker
Cataloger
New York University Libraries
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
(212) 998-2489
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----- Original Message -----
From: Elizabeth Perlman <[log in to unmask]>
Date: Thursday, August 7, 2008 2:08 pm
Subject: Re: privacy of birth dates (was: Consulting the Collective wisdom (Levity))
To: [log in to unmask]


> Umm... How can you get someone's permission if they're dead (which, if 
> the date was in an obit, they presumably are)?
>  
>  Liz Perlman
>  Authorities Librarian
>  Catalog Dept.
>  Chicago Public Library
>  400 St. State 9S-18
>  Chicago, IL 60605
>  (312)-747-4660; (312) 747-4667 FAX
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>  -----Original Message-----
>  From: Program for Cooperative Cataloging [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On 
> Behalf Of Elizabeth Lilker
>  Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 2:47 PM
>  To: [log in to unmask]
>  Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] privacy of birth dates (was: Consulting the 
> Collective wisdom (Levity))
>  
>  If the birthdate was in an obituary, I wouldn't hestitate using it. 
> Otherwise I'd get the permission of the person, if I could contact them.
>  
>  Elizabeth Lilker
>  New York University Libraries
>  70 Washington Square South
>  New York, NY 10012
>  (212) 998-2489
>  [log in to unmask]
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>  ----- Original Message -----
>  From: "A. Ralph Papakhian" <[log in to unmask]>
>  Date: Wednesday, August 6, 2008 3:39 pm
>  Subject: privacy of birth dates (was: Consulting the Collective 
> wisdom (Levity))
>  To: [log in to unmask]
>  
>  
>  > 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]
>  >  co-owner: [log in to unmask]
>  >
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