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Inclusive Metadata Strategies

Inclusive Metadata Statement

Our inclusive metadata strategies focus on 3 areas: offensive/outdated terminology, classification, and inclusive language.

To report offensive/outdated terminology not already listed below, use the report form. Questions may be directed to metadata@uco.edu.

Offensive/outdated terminology

Verbiage used in standardized library cataloging practices that is based on outdated or offensive language

Problem Action Status
"Sexual Minorities" (Library of Congress Subject Headings) Remove the term “sexual minorities” from metadata sourced from WorldCat and add more specific terminology for materials in the library’s collections and the Center’s library; utilize additional thesauri for metadata

Retroactive removal completed (2015)

On-going removal for new materials (2015-present)

Research implementation of normalization rules to remove the verbiage from any data source within Central Search Research in progress (2021-Present)
"Illegal Aliens" and "Illegal Immigrants" (Library of Congress Subject Headings)

Replaced with “undocumented immigrants” in metadata sourced from WorldCat as part of greater library community initiative

Updated 2022 to include revised subject heading “illegal immigrants”

Retroactive removal completed (2020)

On-going removal for new materials (2020-present)

Research implementation of normalization rules to change the verbiage from any data source within Central Search Research in progress (2021-Present)
"Indians of North America" (Library of Congress Subject Headings Research best practices for improving access to resources by and about Indigenous peoples Research in progress (2021-Present)

 

Classification

The basis for creating call numbers, which are used to organize library materials in the physical stacks

Problem Action Status

The letter "N" to organize materials by, about, or relating to Black people in the library's physical collections

Replace "N" with "B" in call numbers for materials by, about, or relating to Black people - 300 titles affected have been identified for review and reclassifying.

Library of Congress issued change (07/2021)

Titles identified in collection (08/2021)

Project underway (09/2021-Present)

The letter "O" to organize materials by Asian authors in the library's physical collections

Monitor updates from Library of Congress and the professional cataloging community at large to determine best practice for removing "O"

 

Problem identified (2020)

Monitoring in progress (2020-Present)

Replace “O” with “A” in call numbers for materials by, about, or relating to Asian people

Decision to make change locally (January 2022)

Project underway (March 2022-Present)

 

Inclusive language

Opportunities to provide more inclusive language in library metadata

Problem Action Status
Inadequate options for LGBTQ+ descriptors in Library of Congress Subject Headings Utilize terms from Homosaurus, a linked data vocabulary designed to be more inclusive of the nuances of the LGBTQ+ community, in addition to existing metadata when appropriate.

Homosaurus identified as an option (2016)

Adding terms ongoing (2016-Present)

Updated July 2022