On-Demand Webinar: Best of Core Forum: (Meta)data Analysis for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Following the long overdue cancellation of the Library of Congress Subject Heading “Illegal alien” many libraries are assessing options for remediating problematic description in their catalogs. This presentation will describe a method of evaluating Library of Congress subject headings corresponding to historically marginalized populations—women, African Americans, indigenous peoples, and LGBTQIA+ people—by measuring cooccurrences of Library of Congress Subject Headings and Library of Congress Classifications across a library’s collections. The results offer a holistic perspective of description of these populations and produced data that can help guide collection development and resource description decisions.

Learning Outcomes: 

This webinar will provide an understanding of the historic and current issues of Library of Congress Subject Headings related to marginalized communities and identities. Attendees will be equipped with the necessary tools to explore their institutions' catalogs using this method and will understand how the resulting data can be used to develop plans and initiatives to improve deficits discovered.

Who Should Attend: Metadata and collections librarians.


Brian Clark is the Systems & Technical Processes Librarian at The University of Alabama Libraries.

Catherine Smith
is the Coordinator of Metadata at The University of Alabama Libraries.

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