ARLIS Cataloguing and Classification Committee – Ethics series

Ethical issues in cataloguing and classification are a critical area of library thinking and practice and are high priorities for libraries seeking to make their services and collections more inclusive and diverse. 

We believe that this series of talks will help to introduce and share past, recent, and ongoing acquisitions of ethical practices in cataloguing and classification.

This series will cover the inherent tensions between inclusive design in a local setting, following global practices, and the potential barriers toward changes. The talks will look at case studies of ethics scenarios around cataloguing and/or classification.

Attendance is free and all are welcome – no prior knowledge of cataloguing or classification is required. Furthermore, you do not have to be a member of ARLIS or work in an art library to attend. 


All events in the series can be found on the ARLIS Cataloguing and Classification Committee Eventbrite page –


Friday 29 April 2022        Jane Daniels and Diane Pennington on the Cataloguing Code of Ethics 2021 – Conception, Community and Continuation.

1-2 pm


Friday 6 May 2022           Nicole Brandon on Decolonization, Distance and Ethics: Cataloguing & Classification of North American Indigenous Knowledge in UK Libraries

1.30-2.30 pm


Friday 13 May 2022         Alan Danskin on the Challenging legacies: cataloguing and metadata and the British Library Race Equality Action Plan

1.30-2.30 pm


Friday 20 May 2022         Rebecca Slatcher on cataloguing North American Indigenous languages at the British Library

1.30-2.30 pm


Friday 27 May 2022         Carissa Chew on  her Inclusive Terminology Glossary and the principles of ethical cataloguing

1.30-2.30 pm


Tuesday 31 May 2022     Curstaidh Reid and David Woodbridge on their Work in Progress: Towards Conscientious Bilingual   Description on the Qatar Digital Library

1.30-2.30 pm


Friday 10 June 2022, 1-2 pm     Ananda Rutherford presents the findings from the TaNC Provisional Semantics project – addressing the challenges of representing multiple perspectives within an evolving digitised national collection.

Friday 17 June 2022, 1.30-2.30 pm     Eyob Derillo on the history and challenges of cataloguing Ethiopian manuscripts


Recordings will be made available on the ARLIS UK & Ireland YouTube channel –