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  • 1.  Core IG Week: Cataloging and Classification Research IG session on Wednesday 7/28

    Posted Jul 20, 2021 01:40 PM

    **Please excuse any cross-posting**

    The Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group (CCRIG) is pleased to announce our session during Core IG Week 2021!


    Theme: Ethical Cataloging: Toward Diversity and Inclusiveness


    Using Homosaurus in a Public Library Consortium (20 mins)

    By Rachel K. Fischer, Cooperative Computer Services


    One step that public libraries can take to add diverse and inclusive metadata to catalog records is using Homosaurus for LGBTQ+ topics. Homosaurus is an international linked data vocabulary of LGBTQ+ terms. This vocabulary is intended to function as a supplement to other controlled vocabularies, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings. Yet, using Homosaurus can only happen with the approval of the consortium administrators. This presentation will introduce Homosaurus and provide examples of when it is beneficial to add Homosaurus to bibliographic records. These examples will highlight books that will benefit from Homosaurus terms, as well as compare the terms that patrons search with to Homosaurus and Library of Congress Subject Heading terms, and the extent that searches are executed with these terms. Rachel Fischer will then provide an overview of the decision-making process that Cooperative Computer Services (CCS) used to approve the motion to allow Homosaurus in the CCS catalog. She will then provide an overview of the cataloging guidelines used at CCS.


    Black Subject Headings in LCSH: Successes and Challenges of the African American Subject Funnel Project (20 mins)

    By Michelle Cronquist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Staci Ross, University of Pittsburgh


    The African American Subject Funnel Project was recently revitalized and is actively contributing new and improved terminology related to the African American experience to the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). Our membership includes a diverse mix of catalogers and subject specialists who work collaboratively on subject heading proposals. Historically, only a small group of catalogers have felt empowered to contribute to LCSH, but we have worked to democratize participation in the Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO) through training and mentorship of Funnel members. Including the perspective of subject experts, public service librarians, and staff of diverse institutions greatly improves LCSH for everyone. We will discuss our successes as well as the challenges that arise when trying to update a very old controlled vocabulary to align with our antiracist goals. LCSH generally centers whiteness and marginalizes the experiences of people of color. It is often shockingly lacking in concepts related to the Black experience, even those that are well-documented in library materials. Existing language in LCSH often needs to be updated to be more inclusive. And in some cases, existing subject heading policy actually hides materials about racism. We will discuss how the Funnel has successfully introduced new terminology that provides a broader look at Black and African American experiences, and how we have proposed changes to existing terminology which empowers contemporary users to confidently employ LCSH in their information needs.


    The session will end with a Q&A/open discussion with the remainder of the time (15-20 minutes).


    Date: Wednesday, July 28

    Time: 12pm (PDT) / 2pm (CDT) /3pm (EDT)

    To register the session from here:


    To see more about the Core IG Week:



    Hope to see many of you at our session!

    CCRIG Co-Chairs, 2020-2021

    Nerissa Lindsey

    Yukari Sugiyama


    CCRIG Co-Vice Chairs, 2020-2021

    Tim Keller

    Junjiro Nakatomi


  • 2.  RE: Core IG Week: Cataloging and Classification Research IG session on Wednesday 7/28

    Posted Jul 30, 2021 04:13 PM
    Where can I access the slides for these presentations?

    Karina Andrus
    Fountaindale Public Library

  • 3.  RE: Core IG Week: Cataloging and Classification Research IG session on Wednesday 7/28

    Posted Jul 30, 2021 04:20 PM

    Hi Karina,


    I know the slides will be posted here with the recording, but it's never soon enough!  Luckily, both Rachel and Staci put links to their presentations in the chat:


    Using Homosaurus in a Public Library Consortium


    Black Subject Headings in LCSH




    Candy Riley, MLIS

    Manager of Metadata Services


    P.O. Box 47508

    San Antonio, Texas  78265-7508