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Thursday, April 20 • 8:00am - 9:00am
If You See Something, Submit Something: A Beginners Guide to Contributing to Controlled Vocabularies

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Reparative cataloging is some of the most transformative work being done in libraries today. Old terms are being reexamined and either updated or cast aside, while new terms are emerging that reflect the diversity of our times. Many of these evolving vocabularies, however, appear at first glance to be created and carefully guarded by large, somewhat intimidating institutions. This leads many catalogers to feel as if they have no role in changing and expanding these vocabularies, but that is just not the case. What this panel intends to do is bring together librarians from a range of libraries to help demystify the process of submitting terms to various controlled vocabularies. There will be presentations on contributing Library of Congress subject headings and name authority records, adding to or correcting terms in the Getty Vocabularies, and creating or revising records in Wikidata. These presentations will provide practical guidance necessary for catalogers to begin confidently contributing to vocabularies used by libraries worldwide. Attendees will gain confidence in their ability to participate in the maintenance and transformation of these essential resources. By broadening and diversifying the pool of contributors to these vocabularies, we can ensure that they begin to more accurately reflect the diversity of people and communities who rely on them.

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Clark Art Institute

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William Blueher

Manager for Cataloging, Associate Museum Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Sherman Clarke

Retired from NYU Libraries and working part-time at Scholes Library of Ceramics at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University and as a contract indexer for the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals. Founding coordinator of the Art NACO funnel of the Program for... Read More →
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Sarah Osborne Bender

Head of Library Technical Services, National Gallery of Art
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Andrea Puccio

Director of the Library, Clark Art Institute
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Alexandra Provo

Metadata Librarian (NYU) and Access and Preservation Advisor (Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide), New York University

Thursday April 20, 2023 8:00am - 9:00am CDT
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