The Author and the Person: A Foucauldian Reflection on the Author in Knowledge Organization Systems

Moulaison, Heather Lea and Dykas, Felicity and Budd, John M. (2013) The Author and the Person: A Foucauldian Reflection on the Author in Knowledge Organization Systems. In: NASKO 2013: Transition Cultures, Transition KO: Evolving Exploration, Critical Reflection, and Practical Work, June 13-14, 2013, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Based on Foucault’s exploration of the author-function, the current study investigates knowledge organization systems’ treatment of persons. FRBR and FRAD do well to extend the information in library authority records beyond the personal name as a character string to include attributes of the person, yet aspects of the person as an author and of her author-function are still lacking. This paper briefly compares RDA/MARC and other current initiatives, and finds that Europeana, AustLit, The American Civil War: Letters and Diaries, and DBpedia all have the potential to record both attributes and relationships in authority records for persons. We conclude that additional attributes, relationships, and the previously unused category of events are pivotal to moving toward more Foucault-friendly KOSs in libraries.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Uncontrolled Keywords:authors, authority records, knowledge organization systems, personal names
Subjects:Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
ID Code:126
Deposited By: Dr. Heather Lea Moulaison
Deposited On:08 May 2013 17:01
Last Modified:30 May 2016 17:41

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