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Metadata inclusiveness, Conscious metadata, Black dialect, Racial slurs, Cataloging context, Jim Crow Era, Knowledge organization, Diversity, Inclusion, Metadata, Cataloging, Bias, Carol Mundy Collection, Juvenile biographies, Library collections, UCF Libraries


To promote Diversity and Inclusion and conscious metadata editing, the librarians in Cataloging Services at the University of Central Florida collaborated with several departments for the audit and reparative editing of digital collections related to sensitive materials, and enhancement and enrichment of subject headings for physical collections on biographies.

Working with Digital Initiatives, and Special Collections & University Archives, the cataloging librarians have been auditing and editing metadata for The African American Legacy: The Carol Mundy Collection, 1794-2010, The Civil War Collection, and PRISM: Political & Rights Issues & Social Movements. For instance, an inclusion statement has been added to a disclaimer field and cover page for each record in the Carol Mundy Collection, and to the homepage of the collection hosted by Digital Commons. Metadata has been edited by addressing the nature of the images such as caricature and stereotypes, the nature of the language such as black dialect, racial slurs and jokes, and by providing context such as using black people in advertisements during the “Jim Crow Era.”

In collaboration with the Curriculum Materials Center, the cataloging librarians have added inclusive subject headings for its juvenile biographies. These subjects include local headings addressing race, gender, ethnicity and nationality, Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms, and terms from Homosaurus. A similar effort has begun for biographies in the general collection.

This presentation will describe these projects, covering preparation, collection audit, inclusive cataloging, workflows, and collaborations among departments. Lessons learned and future steps will also be discussed.

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Deng, S. & Piascik, J. (2022). Conscious editing and metadata enhancement for library collections. ALA Core Forum, October 14, 2022, Salt Lake City, UT.

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