New York Technical Services Librarians, est. 1923

Inclusive Description in New York City

  • 26 May 2021
  • 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
  • Virtual: Zoom link will be sent to registrants prior to the event


NYTSL and ARLIS/NY are pleased to announce a joint program on the topic of current projects on inclusive description here in New York City.

Inclusive description seeks to use libraries’ metadata to bring forward the perspectives of marginalized communities and increase the discoverability and use of resources related to those communities.  The 2019 documentary film Change the Subject brought widespread attention to this issue with its story of Dartmouth students who advocated first to Dartmouth’s libraries and then to Congress about officially changing the Library of Congress subject heading “Illegal aliens” to “Undocumented immigrants.”  While this effort has not yet been successful at the national level, individual organizations are now undertaking their own projects to remediate this specific subject heading and other harmful language in their catalogs and finding aids. 

Please join us to hear presentations and Q&A from three organizations on their current work.

Inclusive Description at Columbia University Libraries: From “Change the Subject” to Action SLIDES
Matthew C. Haugen, Rare Book Cataloger, Columbia University Libraries
Michele Wan, Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, Columbia University Libraries
"Changing the Subject” at Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library SLIDES
Tomasz Kalata, Metadata Manager, Cataloging, BookOps (BPL/NYPL)
Steven Pisani, Assistant Director, Cataloging, BookOps (BPL/NYPL)
User-Driven Reparative Archival Description at New York University SLIDES
Weatherly Stephan, Head of Archival Collections Management, NYU Libraries

Due to the COVID pandemic, NYTSL and ARLIS/NY are offering access to this virtual program free of charge.  Please consider supporting these organizations by becoming a member or by sending a donation on their respective websites.

Join us

Get discounts on programs and workshops

Join us

Log in

Connect with NYTSL

NYTSL is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Send us a message

Have thoughts on our new website, or an idea for a program? Please let us know here.

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software