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Inclusive subject terms are critical for equitable access to library materials

Subject metadata forms a critical access point in bibliographic and other information systems, providing access through search terms and browsing or filtering through subject links. Typically, libraries use standardized knowledge organization systems to provide better access to information resources. However, many of these standardized systems are problematic because they include outdated, harmful, exclusionary, or critical terms may not be present at all in thesauri or vocabularies. Problematic terms can negatively impact library users of all kinds. There is an increasing recognition of the need for more equitable and inclusive language subject metadata. The Subject Analysis and Access Section (SAA) has taken up several initiatives related to diversity, equity, and inclusion regarding subject access. Read More

  • News
  • 19 March 2024

CFP: Identifiers for identities: Rectifying the (mis)representation of demographic groups (SAA Open Session at WLIC 2023)

The IFLA Subject Analysis and Access (SAA) Section is seeking proposals for papers to be presented at their Open Session at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 2023 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Theme: "Identifiers for identities: Rectifying the (mis)representation of demographic groups". The Deadline for proposal submissions (300-500 words) is 1 May 2023. Read More

  • News
  • 13 April 2023

Get Involved

Would you like to get involved with the Subject Analysis and Access Section (SAA)? Here’s how: Explore the projects of our various working groups on our projects page – contact the Working Group Convenor or Section ChairProvide a translation for one of our resources – contact our… Read More

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  • 01 January 2023

[Webinar] Knowledge Organization Competencies and Skills

Do not miss the “Knowledge Organization Competences and Skills” webinar on 31 August 2022, 6-8 pm (CEST). Presentations by Aida Slavic, Diane Rasmussen Pennington, Karen Snow, and Marcia Zeng will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Athena Salaba. The webinar is organized by the Training and Education for Subject Access (TESA) Working Group of the IFLA Subject Analysis and Access section, in collaboration with colleagues from IFLA Education and Training Section (SET), International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO), IFLA BSLISE, and CILIP Metadata and Discovery Group. Read More

  • Events
  • 10 August 2022