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NISO Webinar, Can There Be Neutrality in Cataloging? A Conversation Starter

How does one create awareness of the bias that may be introduced into automated systems? This session will look at the selection of vocabulary in establishing taxonomies and ontologies. What is the real nature of the issue? How might establishing, maintenance, and use of a thesaurus contribute to a more inclusive search/discovery process? And where should responsibility lie for developing such ostensibly neutral tools? How can we bring more diverse voices into the development/maintenance of these resources?
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Amber Billey

Systems and Metadata Librarian, Bard College


Amber Billey is the Systems and Metadata Librarian at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York. Prior to joining Bard, she was the Metadata Librarian at Columbia University Libraries from 2015-2017. Billey is a member of the PCC Task Group on Identity Management in NACO, and is the Co-Chair of the PCC BIBFRAME Task Group. She is also on the Advisory Board for the Digital Transgender Archive, and the editorial board for the Homosaurus - a linked data thesaurus for the LGBTQ community. Billey received her MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2009. When Billey isn’t thinking about metadata best practices and the future of library data, she enjoys hiking with her wife and their two dogs in the mountains.
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Erin Leach

Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, University of Georgia


Erin Leach is Special Collections Cataloging Librarian at the University of Georgia and a first year PhD student in UGA’s Institute of Higher Education. Erin’s interests include the formation of relationships between technical services and public services library workers, storytelling as a vehicle for conveying the value of well-formed metadata, and the role that lived experience plays in the act of cataloging.
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Jill Hurst-Wahl

Associate Professor, Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies


Jill Hurst-Wahl is consultant, speaker, writer, and educator. She is an associate professor of practice in Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies and the president of Hurst Associates, Ltd. In 2017, Jill redeveloped a course entitled “Collection Development and Access.” A former corporate librarian, Jill has always been an advocate for increasing the impact of libraries, no matter the type of community or organization they serve. She is a member of the USNY Technology Policy and Practices Council and the Onondaga County Public Library Board of Trustees. Her interests include copyright, the use of social media, and the future of the profession.