Dear Colleagues :

Hi -- as the NACO Coordinator at the PCC institution in question here, New York University, I apologize for what many apparently feel 
is unnecessary information added to these Name Authority Records.
Where necessary, I will take responsibility for removing these 670 references.

I recently attended a lecture by a thought leader from the Coalition for Networked Information, Clifford Lynch. During the question section, when asked about how 
library authority files and identity management systems are likely to develop in future, Lynch responded was that our files seem likely to become deeper, and more representative
of the Entities they describe. I responded that with the transition to RDA NACO, and the addition of numerous attribute and relationship fields, 
this transition within LC/NAF, VIAF, etc. is currently underway.

Rather than "judgmental characterizations" the 670s added in these cases reflect the actions these individuals have chosen to pursue and the consequences our moment in history 
has meted out for such horrid, reprehensible behavior.     

As such, I believe these 670s add a more complete description of the Entity in question in addition to reflecting the significance of today's "Time's up" moment. But that's my two cents.
NYU will follow up and remove these 670 citations this week.

Everett Allgood

On Wed, Jan 10, 2018 at 8:26 AM, Herrold, Charles <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Dear colleagues:

     While I have no respect whatsoever for the person currently holding the office, is such non-objective information what we really want in our authority records?:


010    n  85387872

670, 16 November 2017 ǂb (When has Trump been accused of rape or attempted rape? Allegations include a child, his wife and a business associate) ǂu

670, 6 December 2017 ǂb (President Pussy Grabber damn near stumps for accused Sex Offender Roy Moore, because of course he would) ǂu

678  Donald Trump (born 1946) is a U.S. real estate developer, billionaire, television personality, political candidate, and author. Trump has been accused of sexual assault and sexual harassment, including non-consensual kissing or groping, by at least fifteen women since the 1980s.


    Following that perverse logic, I would expect such additions as: 372  Sexual harassment of women  $2 lcsh


    Seriously, I try to exclude all judgmental characterizations—positive or negative—from my authority work, and I believe others should do so as well.  IMO, whoever added the data in bold-face ought to remove it. It just adds fuel to an already out-of-control conflagration.



Chuck Herrold

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh



Everett Allgood
Authorities Librarian & Principal Serials Cataloger
New York University Libraries
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