I have been following this discussion and was ready to write when Richard Amelung (our NACO trainer by the way) responded with most of what I was going to write.  But now I have to respond to Daniel's comment here.  If there is such great potential, then maybe the university should tell the graduate students to not include birth information (dates or cities) and any maiden/former names.  Maybe we should discontinue having the vita as part of the t/d.

I remember about ten years ago when I called about something in a vita and the higher-ups, just waved me off. I think they considered me the typical librarian who is more anal than everyone else on campus.  If the library is only responsible for receiving the t/d in some form and then cataloging it, then that is our responsibility.  It is not our responsibility to be the FERPA, etc. police.  That belongs to Student Affairs on most campuses.


Kathleen Schweitzberger, MLS, MPA
Librarian III/Principal Catalog Librarian
NACO Coordinator
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Miller Nichols Library 310
5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110

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Subject: Re: [PCCLIST] Theses name headings and privacy concerns

Hi All,

Richard wrote: " Of all the names occuring in the authority file, how many of these persons have been the object of identity theft BECAUSE OF the information that someone found in the authority file?" 

I don't think anyone has proposed that it has happened, or that it's a high probability, only that it's got some potential. Should we keep that in mind when creating records? There's possibly an issue of institutional liability as well if something were to happen that harmed our students. I'm thinking here along the lines of a legal responsibility to respond when someone says they've witnessed or encountered sexism, harassment, racism, etc. Is making personal information from vitae locally or internationally accessible, as an institutional policy, okay at this point? Or should we counsel our students about risk and perhaps change our practices a little. They can do what they want on Facebook, that's not our domain.

" The criminal element (not that I so familiar with them individually, of course) has been know to 
target the dead as well. Does that mean that we should go back and remove information on Mark Twain, too? ...
However, think of the SSDI ... All of these "marks" are dead and can't come back to complain."

I thought the dead could not be victims of crime (slander, libel, etc.). It's our student's and our liability that I think make this an issue worthy of discussion, if not a change in practice as well.


Daniel CannCasciato 
Head of Cataloging 
Central Washington University Brooks Library