The public lecture on September 29 requires no registration.
Teaching the Critical Catalog: Using Metadata to Trouble the World
In their attempts to confine and control the world’s knowledge, library classification and cataloging schemes inevitably describe ideologically constructed worlds. From Melvil Dewey’s deeply Christian universe to the ordering of perversions in the Library of Congress, libraries inevitably reflect the biases of the people who create them. In this workshop, participants will begin to read classification texts critically to see what and how certain ideas—and not others—are produced and reproduced in our catalogs and on our shelves. As teachers, we will also explore how to deploy these critical perspectives as useful tools for students who use library collections to make knowledge of their own.