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Title:Browsing through Bias: The Library of Congress Classification and Subject Headings for African American Studies and LGBTQIA Studies
Author(s):Howard, Sara A.; Knowlton, Steven A.
Subject(s):Libraries
Information science
Library and information science
Diversity
Race
Ethnicity
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Abstract:The knowledge organization system prepared by the Library of Congress (LC) and widely used in academic libraries has some disadvantages for researchers in the fields of African American studies and LGBTQIA studies. The interdisciplinary nature of those fields means that browsing in stacks or shelflists organized by LC Classification requires looking in numerous locations. As well, persistent bias in the language used for subject headings, as well as the hierarchy of classification for books in these fields, continues to “other” the peoples and topics that populate these titles. This paper offers tools to help researchers have a holistic view of applicable titles across library shelves and hopes to become part of a larger conversation regarding social responsibility and diversity in the library community.
Issue Date:2018
Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press. The School of Information Sciences at Illinois. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Citation Info:Howard, Sara A. & Knowlton, Steven A."Browsing through Bias: The Library of Congress Classification and Subject Headings for African American Studies and LGBTQIA Studies." Library Trends, vol. 67 no. 1, 2018, pp. 74-88. Project MUSE, doi:10.1353/lib.2018.0026
Series/Report:Library Trends 67 (1). Summer 2018
Genre:Article
Type:Text
Language:English
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/101937
DOI:https://doi.org/10.1353/lib.2018.0026
Rights Information:Copyright 2018 Board of Trustees of the University of Illinois
Date Available in IDEALS:2018-11-14
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