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Last Updated: Jul 29, 2023     Views: 71

Harmful Language in the Library Catalogue: Statement of Acknowledgement

Mount Royal University Library acknowledges the historical exclusion of voices, perspectives and knowledge in libraries, and commits to Indigenous reconciliation, diversity, equity, justice and inclusion in our work.

The historical exclusion of voices, perspectives, and knowledge in libraries have shaped the standards used in bibliographic description, resulting in language use that reflects the terminology and biases of the time in which they were created. Controlled vocabularies used in descriptions, such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings, may contain biased and offensive terminology that does not reflect contemporary social context and societal attitudes.

The Library is committed to addressing and updating harmful language in our catalogue records by reviewing and updating where we have control to do so, and alerting and encouraging vendors who supply many of our records to do the same. We acknowledge that our efforts to address harmful language are ongoing and imperfect, and we invite feedback and continued dialogue on our cataloguing practices. If you encounter language in our catalogue records that you find harmful, or if you have questions about our cataloguing process, please contact Francine May, Associate Dean, Collections and Research, via email at