Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Subject Heading Updates

In an effort to ensure our catalog represents diverse groups of people respectfully, SWAN's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Task Force has launched our first batch of updates to subject headings. For this phase of the project, we have updated subject headings using the terms "illegal aliens" and "aliens", mirroring recent changes in government terminology and many other library systems. We performed the change with an automated script that will continue to update subject headings as new bibliographic records enter our catalog.

For more information on these changes and guidance for catalogers, see Subject Heading Maintenance: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion on our support site.

The task force has other subject terms under consideration, and we are working on a plan to open up the conversation on how to proceed with this project. Stay tuned for further updates on how you can participate in this important discussion.