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August 10, 2010

Submitted by alycia on Tue, 08/10/2010 - 09:26
  • Broken Pencil #48
  • Finished Adulthood Rites and moved on to Imago. 500 pages just goes along like nothing with Octavia Butler.
  • Emily Drabinski's publications from her new website.
    • I've been intrigued ever since Emily talked with me about language and the limitations of LCSH reform, and I am thinking about whether the Sandynista and Drabinski models of library classification are at opposite poles or merely different approaches/solutions to the same fundamental problems of hierarchy, hegemony and "ostrich-like" thinking of the librariana...
    • Perhaps also the catalogers want to dismantle and replace problematic systems since they work with them so regularly, and we teachers want to analyze and point to the problems since we want to teach our students to thoroughly examine their surroundings, wherever they may be?
    • Emily's work also got me thinking again that perhaps my colleague was right and those old localized systems were better than cataloging monoliths (although the card catalog had its problems).
    • And also how the internet has shaped how we can view the relationships between materials; how we can decide to ignore their packaging and perhaps focus much more on their content. That we also expect to find information in many different places instead of on one shelf in one library.
  • Milton Wolf. "A Conversation with Celeste West," from Technicalities, April 1982. Or at least as much of it as the ILL department had scanned at SUNY-Albany. They didn't continue on to page 10 like the article did.

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