The Dr. John Archer Library and Archives, along with its Federated Colleges (Campion College Library, First Nations University of Canada Library, and Luther College Library), recognize that the library catalogue (Quick Find) contains subject headings which reflect the historical language, norms and perspectives of the time in which they were created.
QuickFind utilizes Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), an internationally approved standard used by many academic libraries world-wide. LCSH does not accurately describe some materials in our collections that describe characteristics of equity deserving groups or items created by them.
Resolving these challenges are part of larger discussions regarding decolonization and inclusivity in the library community.
The Inclusive Language Team is comprised of librarians and archivists from the University of Regina and its Federated Colleges. We will coordinate activities on addressing adopting inclusive language and reparative description in Quick Find.
The Inclusive Language Team will identify subject headings that are harmful to equity deserving groups and will mask the term with a more appropriate one. We will use language developed by these groups and affiliated regional, provincial, and national organizations.
To accomplish this goal we will:
Develop a transparent process for collecting input from users who encounter harmful language in Quick Find. Their concerns will be reviewed, necessary changes made, and shared as appropriate.
Develop and maintain a webpage and other communication tools.
Conduct a comprehensive review of Indigenous subject headings as the priority and develop a plan for the ongoing review and inventory of LCSH from other topical areas and equity deserving groups.
To request more information or provide feedback, contact us using our webform.