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Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion in Penn Libraries Collections Discovery: Home


"The Penn Libraries seeks to create an environment that is welcoming and open to its constituency offering resources of collections and services that are available in accordance with universal accessibility standards, delivered without respect to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected class, world view, political perspective, or purpose. In addition, the Penn Libraries seeks to maintain a workplace that fosters respect, and that encourages an environment in which each employee learns from, and thrives on the differences of their colleagues at all levels of the institution."

 -Penn Libraries Diversity Statement


For the last several years, the cataloging and metadata community has been discussing the problem of bias in library catalogs.  Once thought to be a neutral activity, cataloging done by human beings carries their biases, as well as the biases of widely used cataloging tools such as the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).  Penn’s approach to addressing these historical/systemic issues will necessarily be an ongoing project in support of DEI in order to fully address racial and other forms of bias now and in the future.