This episode we got to sit down with Avi Grundner, a MLIS/MAS student at UBC who is working on a Queer Subject Heading Thesaurus for Out on the Shelves Library. We talk about queer and radical knowledge organization and the power of seeing yourself represented in these systems.
People and resources mentioned this episode:
- Avi Grundner and Out on the Shelves
- Emily Drabinski’s article Queering the Catalog: Queer Theory and the Politics of Correction
- Out on the Shelves Tag Cloud
- Out on the Shelves Catalogue
- Out on the Shelves Classification System
- LOC cataloguer Netanel Ganin
- An Archive of Our Own Wrangling Guidelines
- Library of Congress Subject Headings, including Two-Spirit People and Gender Non-Conforming People (we also recommend Xwi7xwa Library’s guide on Two-Spirit & Indigenous Queer Studies)
Academic resources Avi recommends:
- Drabinski, E. (2013). Queering the Catalog: Queer Theory and the Politics of Correction. The Library Quarterly, 83(2), 94-111. doi:10.1086/669547
- Bates, J., & Rowley, J. (2011). Social reproduction and exclusion in subject indexing. Journal of Documentation, 67(3), 431-448. doi:10.1108/00220411111124532
- Mai, J. E. (2011). Folksonomies and the New Order: Authority in the Digital Disorder. Knowledge Organization, 38(2).
The cover art is done by our friend Andrea Lukic.