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Friday, April 8 • 10:30am - 12:00pm
Confronting the Myth of Neutrality: Addressing Bias and Inclusion in Cataloging and Classification in Art Libraries

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While they once claimed neutrality, library cataloguing and classification systems are, in fact, inherently biased and reflect the power structures in which they were created. This panel investigates ways in which librarians at three different GLAM institutions are working to understand and confront these biases in their work and professional practice.

Stefanie Hilles will discuss how she teaches university students about bias in the Fine Arts (N) range, which privileges white, male, European art over art made by women and Black, Indigenous, and other people of color.

Kim Ross will discuss her work on the Indigenous Peoples Subject Headings (IPSH) Project as well as tools and strategies for centering historically marginalized voices within library collections.

Treshani Perera will present initial findings from original research investigating the education, work experiences, and demographics of description specialists involved in inclusive description work and/or initiatives in libraries, archives, and museums.

The Prejudices and Antipathies of Art: Teaching Students about Bias in the Library of Congress Fine Arts Classification During One-Shot Instruction
Stefanie Hilles, Miami University

Strategies and tools for inclusive cataloging: Indigenous Peoples Subject Headings Project
Kim Ross, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Sponsored by Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum​​​

Description specialists and inclusive description work
Treshani Perera, University of Kentucky

Sponsored by University of Kentucky, Lucille C. Little Fine Arts Library


Sarah Hamerman

Princeton University


Stefanie Hilles

Miami University

Treshani Perera

University of Kentucky

Kim Ross

The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Friday April 8, 2022 10:30am - 12:00pm CDT
Hyatt Regency Chicago Acapulco Room