On-Demand Webinar: Best of Core Forum: Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Principles into Our Metadata

Description: This webinar was previously presented in-person as a session at the 2022 Core Forum. We are hosting this webinar, with the session adapted and presented live as a virtual event, to extend its reach.    

In early 2021, a group of librarians at two university libraries embarked on a journey to review and update harmful subject headings and other metadata in their catalog, digital library, and finding aids. This session will discuss the background of the project and where the librarians currently stand in the process of remediating these records, including their efforts to create student internships to address problematic language in archival finding aids as well as create a community user advisory group. Special attention will be given to creating organizational buy-in and overcoming unforeseen obstacles and impediments.

Learning Outcomes: 

At the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Evaluate existing metadata for DEI needs;
  • Create institutional buy-in for similar projects; and
  • Connect with community partners who can give input and feedback.

Who Should Attend: Beginners new to DEI work as it relates to metadata.


Allison McCormack is the Original Cataloger for Special Collections at the University of Utah.

Nicole Lewis
is the Digital Metadata Librarian at Brigham Young University.

Rachel Wittmann
is the Digital Curation Librarian at the University of Utah.

Tech Requirements

Core Webinars are held in Zoom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may interact with the presenter and ask questions through text-based chat. Closed captioning is available in the Zoom platform. The webcast will be recorded and the link to the recording shared with registrants shortly after the live event.


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