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Wednesday, June 8 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
Decolonizing LCSH @ Memorial Libraries

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Structured vocabularies such as Library of Congress Subject Headings are rooted in colonial conceptualizations of knowledge. Subject headings that include the term “Indian” are examples of this outdated view of knowledge organization. One step toward meeting Recommendation 5 of the CFLA-FCAB Truth and Reconciliation Committee to "Decolonize Access and Classification…”, is to replace subject headings referring to Indigenous peoples with more culturally appropriate terms.

This presentation includes some of the history and thought processes behind the need for updating subject headings, how it impacts users of the library and the people of the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, and shares the methods being used at Memorial University of Newfoundland to decolonize the subject headings in our bibliographic records. Although not a complete solution, this important change will make our discovery layer more inclusive and welcoming to all our patrons.

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Stacey Penney

Cataloguing Librarian, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Stacey Penney is a Cataloguing Librarian with Memorial Libraries. Since her sabbatical focused on learning about Truth and Reconciliation and library decolonization in 2018-2019, Stacey has become the Memorial Libraries leader in this area.
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Michaela Doucette

Indigenous Archivist, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Michaela Doucette is Indigenous Archivist with Memorial Libraries. Having received her Masters of Archival Studies with a First Nations Curriculum Concentration (FNCC) in 2021, Michaela has placed a focus on exploring the ways in which information institutions can work towards reconciliation... Read More →
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Heather Pretty

Cataloguing Librarian, Memorial University of Newfoundland
Heather Pretty is a Cataloguing Librarian with Memorial Libraries. Related to her primary responsibility for Authorities, Heather is interested in the transition of library bibliographic and other metadata to linked data, and how library linked data might aid in the decolonization... Read More →

Wednesday June 8, 2022 11:30am - 12:00pm ADT