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I realize that this is something that has been in this interpretation for some time, but I object to:
"In addition, the inclusion of ratings on bibliographic records in library catalogs is a violation of the Library Bill of Rights."
If this means that libraries are not supposed to include label-supplied information in their bibliographic record.
As long as the ratings are not used in a prospective way, there is no reason to exclude them from catalog records any more excluding the number of pages or a lexile indicator.
Alaska Chapter Councilor
Member, Depository Library Council
Perhaps some clarity is needed here: "In addition, the inclusion of ratings on bibliographic records in library catalogs is a violation of the Library Bill of Rights." Does this refer solely to "resources that include ratings as part of their packaging," or does this statement have a broader meaning? Does this mean that the inclusion of user-generated ratings--for example, those available on library catalogs such as Bibliocommons and other next-gen catalogs--is a violation of the Library Bill of Rights?
If I'm reading this correctly, this could be extended to include recommended grade, reading, or age levels for juvenile materials as those are prescriptive ratings. It think it would be better to say something along the lines of "No unattributed rates, either descriptive or prescriptive should be included in any bibliographic records." By including who provided the rating we allow our patrons to make their own decisions regarding the appropriateness of a particular item. It becomes evident that the library is not providing the rating but the organization or person providing the rating, whether it is the MPAA for DVDs, or the RIAA for CD's, or the publishers themselves.
John C. Sandstrom
I think John offers sensible compromise language. It doesn't forbid the recording of vendor provided information, but does make it clear that the library isn't the source of the rating. I strongly encourage that John's language be adopted.
We'll take a look at this and see if it can be clarified.
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