On-Demand Webinar - Best of Core at ALA Annual Conference: Sustainable Reparative Description and You

Learn how a Cataloger, Archivist, and Metadata Strategist at an academic library moved from theoretical to practical implementation of a critical cataloging and reparative description project to address biased and problematic language. The group has successfully implemented local changes to multiple Library of Congress subject headings, impacting thousands of bibliographic records. Attendees will learn benefits and challenges of local record remediation with limited resources, approaches to research, project prioritization, decision making, establishing sustainable workflows, and cross-departmental and community collaboration.

Learning Outcomes: 

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

  • Pursue administrative support for a critical cataloging and reparative description project;
  • Plan and prioritize goals of a critical cataloging and reparative description project;
  • Establish sustainable reparative description workflows and documentation;
  • Creatively use local systems to remediate description using batch processes; and
  • Engage local communities to inform reparative description.

Who Should Attend: Metadata librarians, catalogers, archivists, library administrators, and public service librarians.


Marian Matyn has been Archivist in the Clarke Historical Library since 1996. She is an associate professor in the Central Michigan University (CMU) Libraries and serves as liaison librarian for the CMU History, World Languages and Cultures department.

Melissa James is a corporate research librarian for Burns & McDonnell Engineering Co. Inc. in Kansas City, Missouri. She was the Metadata Strategist for Central Michigan University Libraries from 2016 to 2023.

Laura Thompson is Music Librarian and Head, Music Library, at Michigan State University. Previously she was the Catalog and Music Librarian at Central Michigan University.

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.


Online: Complete the individual webinar online registration form. Sessions are listed by date, and you must log in.

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Core Code of Conduct: Please review the Statement of Conduct before registering.


If you have a question or need to make arrangements for special assistance or additional accessibility, please contact Mia Blixt-Shehan (mblixtshehan@ala.org).