Reader’s of Autocat will be familiar with David Bade’s views on librarianship and cataloguing. He is a Senior Librarian at the University of Chicago’s Joseph Regenstein Library where he catalogues Eastern European publications.
He has a new book coming out called, ‘Responsible Librarianship: Library Policies for Unreliable Systems‘ published by Library Juice Press.
“The three papers in this volume were written in the wake of a single policy decision at the Library of Congress: the decision to cease the practice of distinguishing and collating series through the use of distinctive headings maintained in an authority file. … Looking at various policies for metadata creation and the results of those policies forces the question: is there a responsible human being behind the library web site and catalog, or have we abandoned the responsibilities of thinking and judgment in favor of procedures, algorithms and machines?”
Thomas Mann, Reference Librarian at the Library of Congress, has written the foreword which will surely whet your appetite for the essays contained in this new book.