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Remediation of Harmful Language in Library Metadata
The University of Michigan Library acknowledges that language and structure used to describe collections are not, and should not be, neutral.
As it stands, these collection descriptions (or metadata) — which include catalog records, finding aids, databases, digitized collections, and exhibitions — are based on established systems and standards that often uphold and perpetuate many forms of oppression and bias, such as white supremacy, colonialism, ableism, patriarchy, misogyny, sexism and the marginalization of sexual orientations and gender identities.
Our commitment
We stand against marginalization, oppression, and bias in its many forms. One way we look to combat this is by addressing exclusionary descriptive collection metadata. Therefore we strive to:
As you encounter harmful or offensive language in catalog records, digitized collections, finding aids, exhibitions, or elsewhere, or if you have questions or suggestions, please fill out this anonymous feedback form
This statement was developed by our DEIA Catalog Working Group and is based on similar statements and efforts at William L. Clements Library, the Folger Shakespeare Library, William Andrews Clark Memorial Library (UCLA), Temple University’s Special Collections Research Center, Duke University Library, and Yale University Library.
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