Hi Liz,


The ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee convened a working group to study and make a recommendation on the LCSH “Illegal aliens.”  (Full disclosure: I was the chair of the working group.) Its report was approved not just by SAC, but by the ALCTS Board and sent to LC as a response to their survey requesting feedback on the heading last summer.


The report includes recommendations on how to handle replacing the heading, which libraries could choose to implement locally.


The report is available at:





Tina Gross

Catalog Librarian / Associate Professor

University Library

St. Cloud State University

720 Fourth Avenue South

135B Miller Center

Saint Cloud, MN  56301


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Subject: [PCCLIST] Alternatives to using "Illegal aliens" subject heading




I recently cataloged a photobook comprised mainly of portraits of undocumented immigrants to the United States. The “correct” Library of Congress subject heading is “Illegal aliens,” but I am very conflicted and very hesitant to use it in a record. Given the plans to change the heading and the recent issues around legislation of this and other subject headings, how are other institutions handling works about undocumented immigrants? Are you using the heading as it currently exists? Does anyone know when we can anticipate hearing from SACO on the status of the proposal to change the heading?


Many thanks,





Liz Adams

Special Collections Cataloger

David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library

Duke University


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