Incorporating Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Principles into our Metadata
In early 2021, a group of librarians at two university libraries embarked on a journey to review and update harmful subject headings and other metadata in their catalog, digital library, and finding aids. This session will discuss the background of the project and where the librarians currently stand in the process of remediating these records, including their efforts to create student internships to address problematic language in archival finding aids as well as create a community user advisory group. Special attention will be given to creating organizational buy-in and overcoming unforeseen obstacles and impediments.
Allison McCormackOriginal Cataloger for Special Collections, University of Utah
Allison McCormack is the Original Cataloger for Special Collections at the University of Utah’s Marriott Library, where she works on a wide variety of materials including medieval manuscripts, 19th-century photograph collections, national park memorabilia, and modern artists’ books. She also teaches one-off course sessions using special collections materials on topics such as the history of the book, historical medical illustration, Latin paleography, and the history of mapmaking. She earned an MA in Medieval Studies from Fordham University and an MLS with a focus in rare books librarianship from Indiana University, Bloomington.
Nicole LewisDigital Metadata Librarian, Brigham Young University
Nicole Lewis is currently the digital metadata librarian at the Brigham Young University Library. Prior to this role, she was lead cataloger at the University of Utah Marriott Library. She has an MLIS from the University of Alabama and has enjoyed working in cataloging and metadata for the past 17 years.
Rachel WittmannDigital Curation Librarian, University of Utah
Rachel is the Digital Curation Librarian at the University of Utah J. Willard Marriott Library. In her role, she creates metadata for digital collections. develops digital exhibits, and enjoys exploring ways to interpret collections through metadata-based data visualizations.