Walking the Talk: Realizing Ethical Considerations

Tuesday, 8/10/2021
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

Tailored to administrators and managers, this webinar provides an overview of the recently released “Cataloguing Code of Ethics” and highlights particular areas of the Code in which library leadership can meaningfully support the Code in equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility (EDIA) initiatives. A panel of members from the Cataloguing Ethics Steering Committee will explain the engagement process in developing the Code, the work being done to raise awareness of the Code, and the importance of including the work of cataloguing in an institution’s commitments to EDIA.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of this webinar, attendees will:

  • Understand why cataloging work requires ethical considerations
  • Recognize how cataloguing ethics relate to other ethical aspects of library services
  • How to have focused conversations about cataloguing ethics with their staff and stakeholders

Who Should Attend

The primary audience of this webinar is geared to administrators, managers of cataloging or technical services units.


Beth Shoemaker is the Rare Book Librarian at Emory University’s Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archive & Rare Book Library in Atlanta. Her work includes cataloging, collection development, teaching and curating exhibits in the Emory Libraries. Research interests include professional and cataloging ethics and cataloging education. She is a graduate of the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

Karen Snow is an Associate Professor and the Ph.D. Program Director in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She teaches face-to-face and online in the areas of cataloging, classification, and metadata. Her main areas of research interest are cataloging quality, ethics, and education. In 2016, she received the Follett Corporation’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Jane Daniels is Bibliographic Librarian at Cardiff Metropolitan University. She has worked in Technical Services in a public library authority and as the librarian for a local government Planning Department. She started her professional life working in medical libraries after graduating from the College of Librarianship Wales, Aberystwyth. She was Chair of the CILIP Metadata & Discovery Group 2019-2020.

Sarah Furger is a librarian cataloger at Joliet Public Library in Joliet, Illinois. She has a Masters in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Chicago (2015) and received her Masters in Library and Information Science from Dominican University in 2016. She has experience in academic, special, and public libraries, with previous employers including The University of Chicago Regenstein Library and the Newberry Library, with an emphasis on cataloging and metadata.

Dr. Diane Pennington is a Senior Lecturer in Information Science and the Information & Library Studies Course Director at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland. She teaches modules in organisation of knowledge, cataloguing, and library systems. Her research areas include library linked data implementation, tagging, and categorising health and wellbeing user engagement on social media. She is the current Chair of the CILIP Metadata & Discovery Group.

May Chan is currently Head of Metadata Services for University of Toronto Libraries, having previously worked in public libraries for 17 years, and is also a Course Instructor for the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto. A second-generation Chinese Canadian settler, she considers herself a "third culture kid" and is on the lookout for library workflows that inadvertently privilege certain users over others.



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Tech Requirements

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