IM Public Lecture

Spoiler alert! The rhetoric of the bibliographic record for works of fiction

Elisabeth Davies

Date: 03 February 2010
Time: 3:00-4:00pm
Location: Room 3089 (Rowe Building)


Bibliographic or catalogue records contain descriptions of individual items in a physical or digital library. Works of fiction are treated similarly to works of non-fiction in terms of description and subject access. But what is happening when description becomes exposition and significant plot developments or surprise endings are given away by the record? This research is about the messages by bibliographic records and the symbolic power of the librarians who create these records.

Speaker Information

Elisabeth Davies is a Researcher-in-Residence and part-time instructor at Dalhousie University's School of Information Management.