Metadata inclusiveness, Juvenile biographies, Gender, Race, Ethnicity, Nationality, Subjects, Subject headings, Subject bias, LCSH, LCDGT, Homosaurus, Local subjects, UCF, UCF Libraries, CMC, Curriculum Materials Center, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Metadata, Cataloging, Conscious editing, Qualtrics survey, Bishop's theory, JCLC, Collection audit, Libraries
With equity, diversity, and inclusion in mind, and to improve access to the juvenile biographies in the University of Central Florida Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) Library, librarians from cataloging, CMC and ILL, analyzed 952 bibliographic records and enhanced subject headings with biographees' gender, race, nationality and other information. Statistics were compiled to measure subject headings for biases and inequalities. Local subjects, LCSH, LC Demographic Group Terms and Homosaurus terms were added to aid students to discover materials for the diverse population they will teach.
Long Proposal Description:
Dr. Rudine Bishop's theory "Windows, Mirrors and Sliding Glass Doors" explains that children need to see themselves reflected in books and learn about the lives of others. With equity, diversity, and inclusion in mind and to improve access to the juvenile biographies in the University of Central Florida Curriculum Materials Center (CMC) Library, librarians from cataloging, CMC and ILL, analyzed 952 bibliographic records and used the results to enhance subject headings with biographees' gender, race, nationality and other information.
The librarians devised a rubric to analyze and quantify the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and non-LCSH in the records. A student assistant was trained to review the juvenile biographies and input data about each book into a database. Librarians used this data to compile statistics to measure subject headings for bias and inequality and to determine how cataloging practice has changed over time. They also added local subject headings, LCSH, LC Demographic Group Terms and Homosaurus terms to these records in the library catalog. This project aids student educators in discovering materials for the diverse population they will teach.
Spyers-Duran, P., Deng, S., Piascik, J., Dovydaitis, A. & Shrauger, K. (2023). Analyzing and enhancing CMC biography subject headings for race and gender. The 4th National Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC). St. Pete Beach, Florida. February 10, 2023.
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Deng, Sai; Spyers-Duran, Peter; Piascik, Jeanne; Dovydaitis, Amy; and Shrauger, Kristine, "Analyzing and Enhancing CMC Biography Subject Headings for Race and Gender" (2023). Faculty Scholarship and Creative Works. 1170.