• Improving Representation and Access Through Ethical Description (MLA 2023 session)

    Author(s):
    Kristi Bergland, Allison McClanahan, Treshani Perera (see profile)
    Date:
    2023
    Group(s):
    Music Library Association
    Subject(s):
    Representations of groups, Subject cataloging, Descriptive cataloging, Cultural pluralism
    Item Type:
    Presentation
    Meeting Title:
    Music Library Association 2023 Annual Meeting
    Meeting Org.:
    Music Library Association
    Meeting Loc.:
    St. Louis, Missouri
    Meeting Date:
    3/3/2023
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/n831-3p17
    Abstract:
    In pursuit of living the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, and attempting to minimize harm to underrepresented populations, many individuals and institutions have been investigating ways to incorporate or practice ethical description in their metadata and discovery systems. This session will provide examples in both a general and performing arts context, and allow for discussion and synthesis. To begin the session, panelists will share examples of ways they are practicing or planning ethical description, such as retrospective description of demographics, bilingual description (including original scripts), and finding local solutions for problematic subject headings. Following these snapshot presentations, attendees will discuss in small groups ways they are incorporating or can incorporate ethical description in day-to-day practice. Some topics to guide small group discussions could include balancing creating access with ethical description practice, past or ongoing projects at attendees’ institutions, and how discovery systems impact (or even limit) our ability to create ethical description at present. At the end of the session, speakers will facilitate time for attendees to share out and synthesize discussion points from the small groups.
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