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The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group seeks presentation proposals for the program “Diverse and inclusive metadata: Developing cultural competencies in descriptive practices” during the 2016 ALA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. This program is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 26, at 4:30pm.  Presentations are 30 minutes in total -- 20 minutes for the presentation, 10 minutes for questions.


Program details:


Digital items can be misrepresented when the people cataloging them don’t have a background in the cultural contexts from which they originate. How are metadata creators developing methods to encourage the creation of metadata that represents diverse points of view? How does using sources of authority control such as LCSH contribute to misrepresentation of cultural heritage materials? This program provides a discussion venue for ideas to promote cultural competencies and inclusivity in the metadata process.



Potential topics could include:

Strategies for evaluating inclusivity or exclusivity of metadata

Tools and educational resources for developing inclusive metadata

Strategies for working with diverse communities


Participants will be able to identify ways to increase cultural inclusiveness of their metadata, leading to enhanced description and better representation.


Thinking of presenting but have questions about the process? Join Anna and Liz at Google Hangouts on November 20th from 12:00-1:00 MT:



The deadline for proposals is Nov. 21, 2015.  Proposals may be submitted through this form : http://goo.gl/forms/SokamLy7u9.



Anna Neatrour

Metadata Librarian

J. Willard Marriott Library

University of Utah


ORCID ID: 0000-0001-8007-9940

Program Co-Chair, ALCTS Metadata Interest Group


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