ACAT Hate literature

Posting to Autocat

On 9/4/2015 1:10 AM, J. McRee Elrod wrote:
Christopher aid:

“Hate literature” or “Hate speech”as a genre term would be very subjective, and applying it would require the cataloger to make a value judgment about the work.

Agreed. Applying a code to “predatory” journal records has the same problem, in addition to the time consuming research required to identify such resources.

When I suggested leaving it to the professor, I was thinking more of acceptance as a valid citation, e.g., some will accept “Wikipedia”, and some won’t; it is a value judgement.

Yes, there is a clear delineation of responsibility of the selector/person responsible for collection development and that of the cataloger, who is responsible for describing and organizing the items into the collection in ways that are as consistent and unbiased as possible. Sometimes there are reasons to make it more difficult to access certain materials because of possibilities of theft or damage to sexually explicit or controversial materials. Perhaps some materials should be withdrawn altogether, but it is nevertheless the job of the catalogers to remain as unbiased as possible, and they should not try to make materials more difficult for the public to find in the catalog based on the cataloger’s own opinions.

For instance, I can imagine using the term “Hate speech” only if it is used pretty much explicitly on the item I would be cataloging, e.g. but even in this case, the cataloger did a good job by adding the subjects:

Oral communication — Social aspects
Freedom of speech

By the way, even the Wikipedia page says: “The neutrality of this section is disputed” ( I don’t know how it could be anything else!