I’m Really Happy When Sometimes I End Up on a Shelf That Seems Sort of Right: Historians’ Reactions to the Cataloging and Classification of Their Own Work


The goal of this paper is to report and discuss findings from an analysis of 14 qualitative semi-structured interviews with historians and historical researchers on how cataloging systems commonly used in cultural heritage institutions such as libraries label and describe works dealing with the history of Indigenous Peoples of North America. These interviews are a subset of a larger project that interviewed 39 creators about their catalog record. In asking authors to evaluate their work’s catalog record, this study utilized a novel method and theoretical framework, and therefore was able to derive several recommendations for future research and practice.

Proceedings of the Association for Information Science and Technology
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