Posting on behalf of the ALCTS SAC Working Group on Alternatives to LCSH “Illegal aliens”. Please excuse the cross-posting.


Many of you will be familiar with the years-long efforts to change the LCSH “Illegal aliens” to less offensive terminology. Because LC has not made any progress in changing this heading since late 2016, the ALCTS Subject Analysis Committee (SAC) has formed a working group to compile methods for individual libraries, library systems, or consortial systems to change this heading on a local basis.


We’re asking libraries who have made modifications to this heading in their local catalog to share information about changes made, the steps they followed to make this change, and any evaluation they may have of any benefits or challenges encountered before, during, and/or after making this change.


If your library has made modifications to this heading, please answer this survey: If you have any questions or concerns about the working group’s efforts, please contact [log in to unmask]


On behalf of the SAC Working Group on Alternatives to LCSH “Illegal aliens,”


Deborah Tomaras

Metadata and Resource Management Librarian

James A. Cannavino Library

Marist College

3399 North Road

Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

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(845) 575-3000 x2408