Not in My Library! "Berman's Bag" Columns from The Unabashed Librarian, 2001-2013
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Foreword by Mitch Freedman, a reprinted Counterpoise interview and 45 of Sanford Berman's U*L columns dealing with book-burning, genocide, government secrecy and repression, cataloging, indexing, classism, self-censorship and free speech for library staff (et cetera!). Index by Chris Dodge.
(CRISES Press, 2002): The most effectively “banned books” in America are not the “challenged,” invariably mainstream titles widely publicized by the American Library Association. Instead, they’re the works produced by the diverse, independent and unorthodox presses listed in APBNA. No book-burning zealot has the chance to “challenge” the presence of alternative press materials on library shelves, simply because too many such volumes aren’t there in the first place. They’re not selected, not
Rebel worker” & “Heat wave” (Chicago: Charles H. Kerr, 2005). The Library of Congress helpfully and accurately assigned subject headings for “Revolutionary literature” and “Anarchism,” the latter subdivided by both “United States” and “Great Britain.” LC further mandated access points for the series (“The sixties”), for editors Rosemont and Radcliffe, and for the two anthologized publications. Hey, no problem! But what’s so starkly missing? Well, for starters, topical descriptors denoting the
Tillett, Chief Cataloging Policy and Support Office Library of Congress Washington, DC 20540-4305 Dear Barbara Tillett, We recognize that simply collecting and preserving materials in GLBT archives and libraries is not sufficient, but rather must be accompanied by user-oriented cataloging that renders these resources accessible to the whole community. Further, we realize that Library of Congress cataloging records and subject headings represent the national standard, importantly
cross-lingual subject access. Drawbacks in word segmentation and transliteration schemes dealing with nonroman languages also call for reexamination of transliteration schemes and for the development of a morpho-syntactic parser for automatic word segmentation. And a paper to be presented at a University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee library conference in May 2008 is titled: “Transgressive deconstructions: feminism and postcolonial trespasses on post-structural methodology.” Do these people want to
now disgustedly accuse LC of wanton unresponsiveness, bibliocide-by-cataloging, and a monumental lack of collegiality. What will this desperate accusation produce? Probably nothing. Yet I couldn’t contain my unease and disappointment any longer. Okay, here we go again: These two letters I sent to the Library of Congress Cataloging Policy & Support Office (Washington, DC 20540-4305) late last year: October 23, 2012 Dear Colleagues, I recommend establishing a subject heading for ROBIN