It is more likely you were an immigrant, or a transnational migrant worker, or a student or tourist who overstayed a visa, or perhaps even a stateless person born in a country that uses Jus Sanguinis.  Under the rule of specificity, you would be very unlikely to get a 650 heading for being an “Alien” since a more specific term was available. 


Aaron Kuperman, LC Law Cataloging Section.

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As a former Alien-- Legal status I fully support this.




On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 4:16 PM Matthew C. Haugen <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

Especially since the use of the term "Alien" in U.S. laws was a central argument about why the LC could not change the terms, there may already be some news on that front:





On Thu, Jan 21, 2021 at 3:35 PM Panchyshyn, Roman <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

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Just saying, with the new administration coming in, might this not be a good time to revisit the use of the heading “Illegal aliens” by LC?


Roman S. Panchyshyn, MLIS

Associate Professor, Head of Metadata and Cataloging

Kent State University Libraries

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Matthew C. Haugen
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