Responsible Librarianship: Library Policies for Unreliable Systems

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Library Juice Press, LLC, 14 mai 2014 - 193 pages
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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. These papers examine library policies and organizational structures in light of the literature of ergonomics, high reliability organizations, joint cognitive systems and integrational linguistics. Bade argues that many policies and structures have been designed and implemented on the basis of assumptions about technical possibilities, ignoring entirely the political dimensions of local determination of goals and purposes as well as the lessons from ergonomics, such as the recognition that people are the primary agents of reliability in all technical systems. 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?

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Contents
5
Purposes Goals Objectives
15
Databases as Objects of Policy
35
Policy and Politics
83
Conclusion
89
Letter to Autocat Concerning LCs Series Treatment Decision May 31 2006
109
AppendixHandout
137
About the Author
173
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Page 9 - Philosophy is written in this grand book, the universe, which stands continually open to our gaze. But the book cannot be understood unless one first learns to comprehend the language and read the letters in which it is composed. It is written in the language of mathematics...
Page 84 - When human atoms are knit into an organization in which they are used, not in their full right as responsible human beings, but as cogs and levers and rods, it matters little that their raw material is flesh and blood. What is used as an element in a machine, is an element in the machine.
Page 84 - Whether we entrust our decisions to machines of metal, or to those machines of flesh and blood which are bureaus and vast laboratories and armies and corporations, we shall never receive the right answers to our questions unless we ask the right questions.
Page v - It did not entirely satisfy me to narrate wrongs ; I felt like denouncing them. I could not always curb my moral indignation for the perpetrators of slaveholding villainy, long enough for a circumstantial statement of the facts which I felt almost everybody must know.
Page 131 - Maxim of Quantity: 1. Make your contribution as informative as is required. 2. Do not make your contribution more informative than is required. Maxim of Quality: 1 . Do not say what you believe to be false. 2. Do not say that for which you lack adequate evidence. Maxim of Relation: Be relevant.
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Page 117 - Make your conversational contribution such as is required, at the stage at which it occurs, by the accepted purpose of direction of the talk exchange in which you are engaged'.
Page xiv - For the man who is not aware of this, to throw the problem of his responsibility on the machine, whether it can learn or not, is to cast his responsibility to the winds, and to find it coming back seated on the whirlwind.
Page 116 - Make your contribution as informative as is required for the current purposes of the exchange. 2. Do not make your contribution more informative than is required. 3. Do not say what you believe to be false. 4. Do not say that for which you lack adequate evidence. 5.

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