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Friday, April 14

11:00am EDT

Introduction & NETSL Award Presentation
Friday April 14, 2023 11:00am - 11:30am EDT

11:30am EDT

Our Metadata, Ourselves: The Trans Metadata Collective
The Trans Metadata Collective (TMDC; https://transmetadatacollective.org/) is a group of dozens of cataloguers, librarians, archivists, scholars, and information professionals with a concerted interest in improving the description and classification of trans and gender diverse people, subjects, and resources in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Special Collections (GLAMS) and other information systems. The Collective’s primary goal was to develop a set of concrete, actionable best practices, which was collaboratively authored, reviewed, and released by a smaller subset of the collective as *Metadata Best Practices for Trans and Gender Diverse Resources* (https://zenodo.org/record/6829167). Many members of the TMDC – and the vast majority of the report’s authors and reviewers – fall under the trans umbrella, which makes many of these issues unavoidable for us and addressing these challenges a personal, political, and professional necessity. Approaching our work with TMDC as more than passion, but as necessity, informed both our process of non-hierarchical, collaborative decision-making and our final report as something practical and actionable across institutional context and professional backgrounds.

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Jackson Huang

Digital Content & Collections Coordinator, University of Michigan
Jackson Huang is a gender variant library technologist whose work focuses on the intersections of structural politics and technological infrastructure in libraries and archives. Their research explores how metadata translation and digital aggregation impact the representation of marginalized... Read More →
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Bri Watson

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) Scholars-in-Residence, UBC’s iSchool
Bri Watson is a disabled, white, queer & nonbinary settler scholar at UBC’s iSchool. As a Vanier Scholar, they focus on histories of information and the practice of equitable cataloging in libraries, archives, museums, and special collections. They serve on the editorial board of... Read More →

Friday April 14, 2023 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Implementing Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) in the Catalog: A Case of Library Connection (LCI) Libraries
As an important part of a society that should be welcoming to all, libraries have been seeking ways to ensure their catalogs reflect principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. In this presentation, I will share what we are doing at LCI to improve our cataloging metadata and achieve two DEI goals: (1) Replace outdated, inappropriate, offensive, or insensitive subject headings while ensuring that resources in our catalog remain searchable and discoverable; (2) Add current, appropriate, and inclusive subject headings if missing, allowing resources on these subjects to be more discoverable.

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Judy Njoroge

Library Connection, Inc.
(she/her) - Bibliographic Services Manager

Friday April 14, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Sex Negativity & Anti-Queerness in Library of Congress Classification: History, Structure, & Systems
Drawing from a published article by the presenters (June 2022), this presentation digs into sex negativity and anti-queerness in Library of Congress Classification schedule HQ, “The Family. Marriage. Women.” It explores how the presenters identified these issues in the underlying structure of the schedule and its history, using some key illuminating examples.


Rhonda Kauffman

University of Connecticut

Tiffany Henry

University of North Carolina Greensboro

Anastasia Chiu


Friday April 14, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

Whose authority? Applying a DEI lens to traditional descriptive practice
Cornell University Library formed an Inclusive Descriptive Practice Task Force in 2021, dedicated to examining metadata practices and identifying methods to acknowledge the subjective nature of cataloging and archival descriptive practices. This session will give an overview of the formation, structure, and outputs of some of the subgroups in this task force, including examples of unexpected challenges and some successes thus far.

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Laura Daniels, Jackie Magagnosc, Liz Parker

Cornell University Library
Laura Daniels (she/they)Jackie Magagnosc (she/her)Liz Parker (she/her)

Friday April 14, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

1:00pm EDT

[Approval] Plan of Action: Promoting Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion through Purchasing Award-Winning Books
Temple University Libraries values diversity in its collections and wanted to develop tools and cataloging practices to better identify and collect award-winning works by or about underrepresented groups. Join this session to learn how subject selectors and cataloging librarians worked together, with DEI principles in mind, to curate and improve discoverability of books and highlight diverse voices in a collection.

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Emily Crawford, Carla Davis Cunningham, Noa Kaumeheiwa

Charles Library, Temple University
Emily Crawford (she/her/hers)Carla Davis Cunningham (she/her/hers)Noa Kaumeheiwa (she/her/hers)

Friday April 14, 2023 1:00pm - 2:00pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Did Libraries "Change the Subject"? What Happened, What Didn't, & What's Ahead
On November 12, 2021, the Library of Congress (LC) announced via a press release issued by the American Library Association that it would update the cataloging subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal aliens” to “Noncitizens” and “Illegal immigration.” Three library workers, Baron, Fox, and Gross, organized focus groups in November-December 2021 in order to find out how library workers felt about the change, and in this session, we will report on the findings of the focus groups and the wider movement to drop the ‘I’ word in our library catalogs.

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Jill Baron

Dartmouth College
(she/her) - Research Librarian

Violet Fox

Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University
(she/her) - Cataloging & Metadata Librarian

Tina Gross

North Dakota State University
(she/her) - Metadata & Cataloging Librarian

Friday April 14, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

From Nuremberg to Cambridge: The Nuremberg Trials Wikidata Project
A presentation on the Nuremberg Trials Wikidata Project, which attempts to link existing or create new Wikidata items to named persons from the Nuremberg Trials.  The project's goal is to increase open knowledge and provide biographical data to enhance the user's experience while using the Harvard Law School's Nuremberg Trials website.  

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Thomas Ma, Dawn Miller

Harvard Library
Thomas Ma (he/him)Dawn Miller (she/her)

Friday April 14, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

2:00pm EDT

Gaming Collection Development from the Ground Up
Developing a gaming collection from inception to circulation.


Anna Lee, Jessica O'Connor

Falmouth Public Library

Friday April 14, 2023 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Ignites: Building from scratch: Faculty Writings Discovery Collection at the University of the District of Columbia
At the University of the District of Columbia library, there was no practice of adding a local bibliographic note identifying scholarly and creative works authored or contributed by our faculty members. Determined to locate and highlight these hidden treasures, we tried several ways to discover and reclaim them in the catalog. This lightning talk will demonstrate the ways in which we have retrospectively developed the Faculty Writings collection from scratch, as well as how we showcase their works using Alma/Primo’s Discovery Collection feature.


Yoko Ferguson

University of the District of Columbia

Friday April 14, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Ignites: How Not to Get Rejected When You Propose
After submitting many LCSH proposals, with mixed success, and analyzing the editorial decision summaries of many failed submissions, I have become familiar with the common mistakes made when submitting LCSH proposals. In this lightning talk, I will share the common causes from the Library of Congress that I have identified for rejecting LC Subject Heading proposals.


Tachtorn Meier

Yale University

Friday April 14, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Ignites: Increasing Discoverability Using Complementary Call Numbers
Increasing discoverability using more relevant yet complementary call numbers (e.g., sports (79x) and athlete bios (920) where is the best fit)


Jenn L. Beckwith

Guilford Free Library (CT)
(she/her) - MLIS

Friday April 14, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Ignites: Spreadsheet Databases: Tracking ‘Extra’ Statistics in ILL
If there is a need to track numbers that aren't included in interlibrary loan systems (for example, borrowers by school), an additional record-keeping system must be employed. Caspio is one potential tool for creating a simple ILL transactions database to produce reportable statistics.


Friday April 14, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Ignites: Tackling the Technical with TDNet: Making the Most of E-Resources in Small Libraries
Learn about a small library's experience with electronic resource management through the content management system TDNet. First implemented by the St. Jude Children's Hospital's Biomedical Library in 2017, this presentation aims to provide an overview of this electronic resources tool, key features, and pros and cons from the librarians' experience.

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Kelly Stormking

Biomedical Library St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Friday April 14, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

3:00pm EDT

Ignites: Thinking Creatively: Cataloging a New Tabletop Game Collection
This presentation will discuss the process of cataloging a new and unique collection of table top games in an academic library. Information on policy development, cataloging challenges, and best practices will be shared.

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Alyssa Koclanes

Georgetown University Law Library
(she/her) - Head of Cataloging & Metadata

Friday April 14, 2023 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT

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