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ALCTS webinar: Cataloging, Gender, and RDA Rule 9.7

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm, US/Central

ALCTS webinar: Cataloging, Gender, and RDA Rule 9.7

Date: Wednesday, March 15, 2017

All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.

This webinar is generously sponsored by Gender Studies Collection from Duke University Press.



One of the paradoxes at the heart of library cataloging and classification is the demand to fix in place elements of a record even when those elements are in flux. This webinar will discuss the particular example of RDA rule 9.7, a rule that formerly required gender, if recorded, to be fixed in RDA-compliant name authority records using a binary controlled vocabulary: male, female, or not known. Also covered will be an understanding of queer theory and gender outside the male/female binary, the process followed by a group of catalogers who lobbied the international RDA Steering Committee for a rule change and ultimately succeeded, and best-practices for recording gender in RDA Authority Records.

Learning outcomes:

During this webinar, participants will

* Learn the basic concepts of queer theory in order to understand thinking about gender outside of the male/female binary male/female.

* Review the development of RDA and the shift in cataloging practice for name authorities in order to understand the need for an intervention in RDA Rule 9.17.

* Learn about the process of changing RDA Rule 9.7 in order to understand how catalogers can intervene to make positive change on behalf of authors and users.

* Discuss the implications and best-practices for recording gender of a person in an RDA Authority Record in order to develop ethical description practices for gender in authority files.

Who should attend? General library professionals who have some background in cataloging


Amber Billey received her MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2009. She is the Metadata Librarian at Columbia University Libraries and is a visiting instructor at Pratt School of Information. Amber is Chair of the ALCTS Creative Ideas in Technical Services Interest Group. She is a member of the Controlled Vocabularies Editorial Committee of the ACRL RBMS Manuscripts Section, the PCC NACO Task Group on Identity Management, and the Advisory Board for the Digital Transgender Archive.

Emily Drabinski is an academic librarian, author and teacher working in New York City. She holds the position of Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University, Brooklyn and is a part-time faculty member at Pratt Institute's School of Information. She was a 2014 Library Journal Mover & Shaker Advocate, and winner of the Ilene F. Rockman Instruction Publication of the Year in 2015 for her article "Towards a Kairos of Library Instruction.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emily_Drabinski


Registration Fees:  ALCTS Member $43 ; Non-member $59 ; International $43  

Group rate (members/non-members) $99/$129

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:


ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.

For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or alctsce@ala.org.

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.