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ERIC Number: ED374816
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Pages: 17
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The Selection, Evaluation and Integration of Culturally Authentic Texts: A Case for Making the On-Line Catalog Reflect Parallel Cultures.
Lesesne, Teri S.; Hall-Ellis, Sylvia
This paper examines the process of selecting, evaluating, integrating, and cataloging multicultural texts for school libraries. the first part examines the selection and evaluation of culturally authentic texts. Seven sources for locating multicultural literature and several reviewing sources are listed. The following criteria for evaluating multicultural are identified: accuracy and authenticity; avoidance of stereotypes; and use of language and dialect. Suggestions for integrating culturally diverse literature throughout the curriculum are given: sharing the contributions of other cultures; adding stories from other cultures; and choosing books which transform and mobilize readers. The second part of the paper examines the challenges of cataloging culturally diverse material, especially Spanish language materials. Two areas of cataloging are identified that present problems: (1) routine cataloging and authority control issues; and (2) problems unique to specific physical formats. Specific problems related to subject access are addressed, and a strategy is presented to create a new method for subject assignment to Spanish language materials to ensure access for all patrons. (Contains 9 references.) (JLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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