Improving Access to Our Collections with Alternative Controlled Vocabularies (ALL-SIS)

Tuesday, February 21, 2023 (1pm - 2pm US/Central)

Please join the Academic Law Libraries SIS (ALL-SIS) on February 21, 2023 for their next webinar. In recent years, libraries have begun work towards improving diverse subject access to their collections. A large part of this has been the integration of alternative controlled vocabularies into MARC records in addition to standard Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). This webinar will introduce a brief history of alternative vocabularies to LCSH, present a case for the continued and retroactive use of these vocabularies, discuss how the use of such vocabularies in the library catalog can impact discovery layers and user experience, and showcase examples of the implementation of alternative vocabularies. No technical services experience is needed to attend this webinar.

Brinna Michael is the Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, specializing in non-MARC metadata for digital assets. Since starting at Pitts in 2019, Michael has been researching methods of countering bias and racism within digital collections metadata and working to apply these methods to Pitts’ collections and catalog.

Sofia Slutskaya is the Head of Resource Description at Emory University Woodruff Library. Over the years, Sofia has held a variety of positions in both public and technical services. Her research interests include staff training, cataloging print and electronic materials, e-resource management, and e-book acquisitions.

This webinar is open to all AALL members. Register now.