Monday, November 02, 2015

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Call For Presentations - ALA Annual 2016: “Diverse and inclusive metadata: Developing cultural competencies in descriptive practices”

The ALCTS Metadata Interest Group seeks presentation proposals for the program “Diverse and inclusive metadata: Developing cultural competencies in descriptive practices” during the 2016 ALA Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida. This program is scheduled to take place on Sunday, June 26, at 4:30pm.  Presentations are 30 minutes in total -- 20 minutes for the presentation, 10 minutes for questions.

Program details:

Digital items can be misrepresented when the people cataloging them don’t have a background in the cultural contexts from which they originate. How are metadata creators developing methods to encourage the creation of metadata that represents diverse points of view? How does using sources of authority control such as LCSH contribute to misrepresentation of cultural heritage materials? This program provides a discussion venue for ideas to promote cultural competencies and inclusivity in the metadata process.

Potential topics could include:
  • Strategies for evaluating inclusivity or exclusivity of metadata
  • Tools and educational resources for developing inclusive metadata
  • Strategies for working with diverse communities

Participants will be able to identify ways to increase cultural inclusiveness of their metadata, leading to enhanced description and better representation.

Thinking of presenting but have questions about the process? Join Anna and Liz at Google Hangouts on November 13th from 12:00-1:00 MT:
and on November 20th from 12:00-1:00 MT:

The deadline for proposals is Nov. 21, 2015.  Proposals may be submitted through this form :

If you have any difficulties with this form, please feel free to submit your proposals directly by email to or .

Thank you!

ALCTS Metadata Interest Group Programming Chairs:

Liz Woolcott, Utah State University
Anna Neatrour, University of Utah