Valerie Ramshur: Weekly response week 7

Stick it to “THE MAN “ week.

This week the readings confronted the issues of race, gender and social justice that lie in cataloguing and information Organization structures. But also how do we teach students and the public to dig deeper to engage in a more meaningful way in the information they seek. Teachers and students learning together to break down the “blind to the structures of racism built into the library catalog” (Drabinski)

Since Both the DDC and LC were created by white me of a ‘certain standing ‘ at a time when their voice, vision and money was the most powerful resource, this is the structure that is in place. Necessary and problematic are the words that kept jumping out at me this week- in regards to classification. The cut and dry language of classification the “same ness “ they produce create repeat problems in this area.

Can it be changed? Is there room for more detailed and in depth classification of equal weight? How do we face the of racism and ignorance present in our cataloguing systems? – radical cataloging.

Teaching the Radical Catalog by EmilyDrabinski was interesting this quote summed up a lot for me.

“The LC list can only `satisfy’ parochial, jingoistic Europeans and North Americans, white-hued, at least nominally Christian (and preferably Protestant) in faith, comfortably situated in the middle- and higher-income brackets, largely domiciled in suburbia, fundamentally loyal to the Established Order, and heavily imbued with the transcendent, incomparable glory of Western civilization.”

Acknowledgement and Disenfranchisement is; Naming and Reclaiming Indigenous Knowledge’s in Public Institutions: by Ann M. Doyle,

The article was interesting – focusing on the experience at with the Musqueam people and First Nations library- Indigenous research methodologies and ethics. How does a culture that holds the power and intellectual property of a culture proceed in a kind of intellectual “repatriation”? How can students contribute and receive a more holistic education within their own community. By Librarian, information specialist and student working collaboratively and with a sense of interconnectedness.

I was unable to open this article -Furner, J. (2007). Dewey de-racialized: A critical race-theoretic perspective. Knowledge Organization, 34: p. 144-168.


About Valerie R.

Head of Costume Design, Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University. Freelance Professional Costume Designer, and Archivist.

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