Doyle

The readings highlight the bias, racism and exclusion inherent in classification systems and introduces the efforts of radical catalogers to create equality and support diversity of knowledge. Amy Doyle, PhD makes the point in her article Naming and Reclaiming Indigenous Knowledges in Public Institutions: Intersections of Landscapes and Experience that international standardization of knowledge organization has created unprecedented sharing, but also has the unprecedented power to erase or obscure local knowledge. I found the examples she included of librarians working to preserve and support local and indigenous scholarship (like the Indigenous Thesaurus project in New Zealand, which is creating Maori subject headings, or the Aboriginal and Torres Island Thesaurus in Australia, or the Canadian Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples) inspiring. As the interconnectivity of library collections continues to expand and the classification standards become more uniform, it will be critical to preserve and include local and indigenous knowledge, alternative ways of knowing and being, and to create equality in classification.

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