Please join us for the ALCTS Cataloging & Metadata Management Section (CaMMS) Forum at ALA Midwinter in Atlanta, Georgia.


Working Within and Going Beyond: Approaches to Problematic Terminology or Gaps in Established Vocabularies


The CaMMS Forum is scheduled for Sunday, January 22, from 1:00-2:30 in the Georgia World Congress Center, Room B207.


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Janis L. Young, Senior Cataloging Policy Specialist, Library of Congress Policy and Standards Division (PSD)

The Ethics of Maintaining LCSH


Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) has been continually updated since 1914, when the first edition was published as Subject Headings Used in the Dictionary Catalogues of the Library of Congress. The process of revision has changed with technological advances, but the main purpose has remained consistent: to keep the terminology current, neutral and unbiased.


Janis Young will briefly explain LC’s procedures for adding and revising headings, and explain how everyone can become involved in the process. She will then explore some of the ethical principles that come into play when maintaining LCSH, and show how those principles have influenced decisions on specific proposals.


Janis L. Young is a senior cataloging policy specialist in the Library of Congress’ Policy and Standards Division (PSD).  She maintains LC subject headings and classification numbers and is the editor of both theSubject Headings Manual and the Classification and Shelflisting Manual.  She is the coordinator of LC’s projects to develop genre/form, medium of performance, and demographic group terms.  Ms. Young serves as LC’s liaison to several American Library Association committees, including the ALCTS/CaMMS/Subject Analysis Committee.


Tina Gross, Catalog Librarian and Associate Professor, St. Cloud State University

Examining the Library of Congress Subject Heading "Illegal aliens"


This presentation will report on the process and discussions of the CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee working group charged with investigating the Library of Congress Subject Heading "Illegal aliens," including thought-provoking dilemmas and difficult questions encountered. Given the peculiarity of intense focus on single subject heading and other highly unusual circumstances (such as attempted legal intervention by members of Congress), the presentation will consider which aspects of the saga of the subject heading "Illegal aliens" might be relevant in future efforts to address problems with LCSH.


Tina Gross is the Catalog Librarian and an Associate Professor at St. Cloud State University (part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system). Prior to coming to SCSU in 2007, she worked as a Hispanic/Latin American Languages Cataloger at the University of Pittsburgh.  She recently served as chair of the CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee Working Group on the LCSH “Illegal aliens.”


Heather Moulaison Sandy, Assistant Professor, iSchool, University of Missouri

Jenny Bossaller, Associate Professor, iSchool, University of Missouri

Problems with Subject Access to Indigenous Knowledge


Indigenous Knowledge (IK) represents a challenge for organization since the worldviews of indigenous people do not align with the worldviews represented in traditional knowledge organization systems (KOSs) used in libraries. This talk will contextualize the problem of providing cognitively just access to indigenous materials, will talk about relevant problems of KOSs in libraries, including ones designed for other non-mainstream groups, and will suggest ways going forward to improve reliable subject access to IK.


Dr. Heather Moulaison Sandy studies organization of information in the online environment; she teaches and does research in these areas, including cataloging, digital libraries, and metadata.


Dr. Jenny Bossaller’s teaching and research focus broadly encompasses constraints on information flow, including aspects of information policy, history, and related social and technological phenomena.

Christine DeZelar-Tiedman
Metadata and Emerging Technologies Librarian
University of Minnesota Libraries
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