Conference Poster

Library of Congress Subject Heading Illegal Aliens : Discussion for the Library Diversity Committee Screening of Change the Subject

This program was presented with the screening of the documentary, Change the Subject. At issue is the Library of Congress Subject Heading "Illegal aliens," as that has become a pejorative phrase. The Library of Congress recognized this and announced that it was going to change the subject heading. The House of Representatives overturned the decision, the first time in history that Congress has interfered with a Library of Congress subject heading. Since the Library of Congress is not moving forward to make the changes, ALA is recommending that libraries find solutions individually. The California State University Unified Library Management System (CSU ULMS) Resource Management Functional Committee came up with a recommendation (which was later approved). This is an explanation of what we decided to do for all of the CSU libraries.