Welcome to the 2017 MLA Annual Conference! This year’s theme is Radical Librarianship - the power of libraries to provide access to the truth, strengthen our community voices, create opportunity for exploration and innovation, and assist our patrons to build a better future. Libraries have always been radical, but what does Radical Librarianship mean for us today? Join us at the 2017 MLA Annual Conference to help shape that conversation!
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Thursday, October 5 • 9:10am - 10:00am
Never forget who you really work for : Radical cataloging and the case for local adaptation

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Under the leadership of Sanford Berman, Hennepin County Library once devised and maintained its own subject headings system and pioneered practices designed to better facilitate access, often deviating from established standards. When this catalog was dismantled in 2002, the need for standardization and interoperability were cited as the main reasons. Many trends have contributed toward the discouragement of local practices in cataloging: international standardization, consortium catalogs, and decreasing staffing levels. The use of local practices is sometimes disparaged as inefficient and wasteful, but maintaining the capacity for every library to make decisions that best serve its local users is essential. How can we retain, and exercise, local control in a realistic way that centers the needs of our users? It's time for those working with library metadata to challenge the conformist logic of standards, as well as to demand more from library system vendors, in order to transform our catalogs into discovery tools that are flexible and responsive to the varied needs of information seekers.


Hannah Buckland

Director of Library Services, Leech Lake Tribal College
Hannah Buckland has worked as the Director of Library Services at Leech Lake Tribal College since moving to Minnesota in January 2014 and serves as a member of Governor Dayton's Task Force on Broadband, the Leech Lake Workforce Development Steering Committee, and the Northern Lights... Read More →

Violet Fox

Metadata Librarian, College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University
Violet Fox is the Metadata Librarian at the College of Saint Benedict/Saint John's University in Saint Joseph, Minnesota. She completed her MLIS at the University of Washington iSchool in 2013 and currently serves as the News Editor for Cataloging and Classification Quarterly. Her... Read More →

Tina Gross

Catalog Librarian, St. Cloud State University
Tina Gross is the Catalog Librarian at St. Cloud State University. She received her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh in 1998, and is currently working on an MFA in creative writing at Minnesota State University, Mankato. She co-authored the 2005 study "What Have We Got to Lose... Read More →

Jessica Schomberg

Media Cataloger and Library Services Department Chair, Minnesota State University, Mankato
Jessica Schomberg became interested in cataloging in high school, after she kept arguing with the public library cataloger about where the science fiction should be shelved. She currently serves as the Media Cataloger and as the Library Services Department Chair at Minnesota State... Read More →

Thursday October 5, 2017 9:10am - 10:00am CDT
Meeting Room 109