Hi, Liz:

          I would continue to use the heading "Illegal aliens $z United States."  It is the currently established heading, as pejorative as it may sound.  Unfortunately, politics has stepped in to this proposed change and we may have to wait awhile to see if it changes at all.  "Aliens" is a legal term, as much as science fiction cinema has taken it over.

          Perhaps you could use a MARC field 653 in your local catalog with "Unauthorized immigrants?"  For the master record in OCLC, the term as given above should be used.  Also, be sure to consult the messages of Eugene Dickerson, Ben Abrahamse and Aaron Kuperman.


Patrick Lavey
Senior Cataloging Librarian
Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library
UCLA School of Law
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Los Angeles, CA 90095
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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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