Diverse, Inclusive, and Equitable Metadata

Tuesday, 6/6/2017 - Wednesday, 6/7/2017
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

an ALCTS Virtual Preconference  

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? Are our digital libraries equitable? This virtual program provides a venue for sharing ideas to promote cultural competencies and inclusivity in the metadata process. ALA Annual 2017

Session 1

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT
  • Presentation 1: Digital Project as Community Outreach: A New Way of Approaching Metadata
  • Presentation 2: Doing Justice to the Humanities: Increasing Inclusivity with More Specific Subject Description

Session 2

Wednesday, June 7, 2017, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. CT
  • Presentation 1: Towards Counter-Cultural Competencies: Mutual Metadata Creation and the Zine Union Catalog Project
  • Presentation 2: We Don’t Use Those Words Anymore: Describing Yesterday’s News Today

Learning Outcomes

  • Participants will be able to identify ways to increase cultural inclusiveness of their metadata, leading to enhanced description and better representation.
  • Participants will be exposed to new frameworks that will enrich their practices for creating descriptive metadata

Who Should Attend

Librarians and staff who are engaged in descriptive work in digital libraries or library catalogs and technical services librarians and staff interested in raising their awareness of diversity, equity, and inclusion issues


Patricia Dragon Patricia Dragon, Head, Special Collections Cataloging, East Carolina University
Allison Miller Simonds Allison Miller Simonds, University Library Technician, East Carolina University
Amanda Vinogradov Amanda Vinogradov, Special Collections Cataloger, East Carolina University
Brian Luna Lucero Brian Luna Lucero, Digital Repository Coordinator, Columbia University Libraries
Honor Moody Honor Moody, Cataloger, Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study/Harvard Library
Allison Jai O'Dell Allison Jai O'Dell, Backend Developer, Mercy for Animals
Ivey Glendon Ivey Glendon, Manager, Metadata Analysis & Design, University of Virginia Library
Jennifer O'Brien Roper Jennifer O’Brien Roper, Interim Senior Director, Collections Access & DiscoveryUniversity of Virginia Library











Participant ($USD) ($USD)
ALCTS Member (individual) 43 69
Nonmember (individual)      59 95
Groups. Applies to group of people that will watch the webinar together from one access point. 129 206

All webinars are recorded and the one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording. All registered attendees will receive the link to the recorded session so if you are unable to attend the webinar at the time it is presented, you will have the opportunity to listen to the recording at your convenience.

How to Register

Complete the online registration form. Courses are listed by date and you must log in.


Contact us to register:

Call 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 to reach our customer service representatives. 


Tech Requirements

Computer with Internet access (high-speed connection is best) and media player software. Headphones recommended.

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For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email registration@ala.org.

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or jreese@ala.org.