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Event Details

When: July 20, 2023, 9:30 am - 4:00 pm (exact time subject to change)

Where: Zoom

Cost: Free

Audience: People who work with descriptions of library & archival resources, examples including but not limited to catalogers, metadata specialists, archivists, digital collections specialists

Call for Proposals

Folks can submit ideas for lightning rounds, lectures, group activities, discussion sessions, panels, or some other amazing format we haven’t thought of. For best consideration, please submit your proposal by June 1st, but we will continue to accept submissions depending on interest.

Not sure of what kind of content to submit? Check out last year’s proceedings for some ideas, but don’t be afraid to light the way for new perspectives. We are especially interested in session proposals from folks working in public libraries, tribal libraries, special collections, archives, or other unique settings.

Submit a Session Proposal


Registration will open by mid-June

Keynote Speaker

Suzette Chang, Thick Descriptions

Suzette V. Chang identifies and executes qualitative and contemporary educational methods. She weaves inquiry, curiosity, examination, and memorization as this collaboration yields humane and sustainable conclusions. A native Californian that calls Oklahoma home since 2002, Suzette is invested in competencies that speak to intra/interpersonal experiences grounded in trust, problem-solving, creativity, technology, observation, reflection, and enhanced learning.  She supports lifelong learning for all and has developed and created these spaces in Venezuela, Jamaica, Kenya, Mexico, Canada, and the United States. 

Suzette has served as an educational team member at the Metropolitan Library System, Sam Noble Museum, University of Oklahoma, the City of Guthrie and is the Founder/CEO of Thick Descriptions, a grassroots organization that disrupts traditional educational methods with anthropology. Suzette is an awarded and inspirational leader, speaker, contemporary education advocate and published author. Her literary contributions include “Nature Swagger,” “Black Towns, Black Futures” and several articles. Suzette is the recipient of the 2022 Setha Low Engaged Anthropology Award and the 2021 William D. Pennington Teacher Award.  Her biggest and most important investments are Taylor and Robert, her offspring that are currently new-adulting.

Planning Team

  • Shay Beezley
  • Anona Earls
  • Oliver Ellington
  • Kaitlyn Palone
  • Heather Scheele-Clark


Event History

Here at UCO Chambers Library, our Metadata & Cataloging department is committed to accurately and respectfully describing materials relating to underrepresented communities. We are continually implementing specific strategies for carrying out this work and have found that sharing and learning with our colleagues has been an essential component. 

Starting summer 2022, we are committed to hosting an annual virtual symposium to connect our library and archives colleagues across the state of Oklahoma for a virtual symposium to discuss how metadata justice can be incorporated into our shared work of creating description and access for library and archival resources. Borrowing from our friends at OU, metadata justice "refers to the use of accurate and appropriate language in metadata systems like library catalogs."

Our intention with this event is to create a space for folks to share their ideas and to create a support network for those interested in this important work in our state's libraries and archives. 

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