Thursday, January 3, 2008


I admit to being a critic of the cataloging status quo much of the time, but this has me even more baffled than usual. Does anybody know why the Library of Congress is reclassifying Scottish literature as English literature? I mean, not only is this problematic for all of the reasons listed in the article, but it is distinctly possible that Scotland will become independent from the U.K. in the next 10-15 years. (Not inevitable, but distinctly possible—more likely than Quebec becoming independent, but less likely than Kosovo, let's say.) Which seems rather problematic, no?


alanajoli said...

How bizarre! Did they say why they were doing it?

Dewey just moved around stuff in the religion section recently (and my library has been moving some of the more ambiguous 810/814s to consolidate which we're putting where), and while the official move seems sort of arbitrary, it isn't nonsensical, at least.

Kat with a K said...

I vaguely remember hearing something about doing that in order to make it more consistent with other political divisions, but I can't remember where I read/heard that.