UDC: a close reading of the taxonomy through LGBTQ+ lens
“My talk attempts to illustrate whether discrimination exists throughout a lesser-known classification language: the Universal Decimal Classification. Although theoretically the UDC is a taxonomy that claims to be universal and the most flexible of all, my investigation has discovered some mixed findings. Its colossal scope and the way call numbers are built indicate that it is possible to avoid using sex, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, and other biases in people-related terms. However, when we pay close attention to specific class numbers from the schedules, we witness that there are some very serious limitations. It seems that some categories have been successfully brought to a non-bias level, but others yet to move beyond the binary approach of heteronormativity, and as a result remain discriminative.”
I am Gregory, the Metadata and Discovery Manager at Senate House Library, University of London where I have been working since January 2016. I previously worked as the Collections Librarian at Regent’s University London and the Acquisitions and Cataloguing Librarian at the National Maritime Museum in London. In these roles I have been co-ordinating and maintaining data within the library catalogue, standardization of metadata and implementing quality controls to ensure quality in the library catalogue and discovery service.
Senate House Library
Senate House Library is the central Library of the University of London and the School of Advanced Study. We offer Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research Collections and Special Collections in the heart of London’s student and research community. The Library moved to its current location at Senate House, the home of the University, in 1937.
Gregory will be speaking on day 1 of the conference