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Book Review: Ethical Questions in Name Authority Control

Stacie Traill


Cataloging ethics have received significant attention in recent years, notably via a series of events and discussions held under the umbrella of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS) Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) exploring the potential development of a code of cataloging ethics. At the same time, the “critlib” (critical librarianship) movement has grown, creating both virtual and physical spaces for exploring social justice principles in the context of library work. Catalogers have initiated conversations about social justice in metadata work under the “critcat” banner. The publication of Ethical Questions in Name Authority Control is timely in this environment, where both ethics and social justice are leading concerns for many catalogers and metadata professionals.

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