I strongly disagree with this cautious approach. If the birth date
can be found by any reasonable means, it should be used. Asking
permission of the person every time would add an unacceptable burden on
the cataloger.
Chuck H.

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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] privacy of birth dates (was: Consulting the
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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
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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
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> 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
>  many newspapers regularly report birth information as a matter of
>  no?
>  --ralph p.
>  A. Ralph Papakhian, Indiana University Music Library
>  Bloomington, IN 47405 812/855-2970 [log in to unmask]
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