Files in this item

FilesDescriptionFormat

application/pdf

application/pdfpaper_30.pdf (88kB)
(no description provided)PDF

Description

Title:"Describing without identifying”: The phenomenological role of gender in cataloging practices
Author(s):Wagner, Travis
Subject(s):Cataloging
Metadata
Specific populations
Critical librarianship
Social justice
Abstract:This dissertation explores gendering practices of visual information catalogers. The work aims to understand better how catalogers perceive gender when describing persons within visual information. The qualitative study deployed a queer interpretative phenomenological analysis to understand how catalogers think broadly about describing identity within their work. The infused queer theoretical tenets helped to understand that while participants may not directly name gender as challenging, the conflation of gender into cisnormative monoliths (assuming every person's gender matches their sex-assigned-at birth) or silence around gender produce telling opinions concerning non-binary gender. The research also asked participants to engage in a Think Aloud exercise wherein they described in-the-moment cataloging three moving images. One image represented “neutral” cisgender identities, and two clips represented subversions to gender binaries. Thirteen catalogers were interviewed, and data produced noteworthy findings. Catalogers describe work with visual information as inherently challenging since describing anything without context requires caution. Catalogers also noted a broad hesitance around describing humans given societal complexities around identities like race and gender. Nevertheless, participants during the Think Aloud exercise relied on gendering as descriptive shorthand (pronouns, male/female labels) and only reflected on these presumptions when engaging with the footage whose contents challenged gender binaries. Implications suggest a need for training catalogers around contemporary notions of gender identity to be more inclusive. Further, given the impact of the gender non-conforming footage on cataloger’s perceived practices, another implication suggests value in increased access to and representation of gender diverse materials within cultural heritage.
Issue Date:2021-09-20
Series/Report:Cataloging
Metadata
Specific populations
Critical librarianship
Social justice
Genre:Conference Poster
Type:Text
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/110957
Date Available in IDEALS:2021-09-17


This item appears in the following Collection(s)

Item Statistics