Harmful Language in the Library Catalog and Archival Description
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library and Archives aim to describe library and archival materials in a manner that is respectful to the individuals and communities who create, use, and are represented in the collections we manage. However, users may encounter harmful or offensive language, for example, language that is racist, sexist, or homophobic, in catalog records or archival finding aids. Please contact us at email@example.com if you encounter concerning language in library or archival description. Harmful or offensive language may appear for several reasons:
The University of Wisconsin-Parkside Library and Archives are currently exploring ways to address harmful or offensive language as part of routine description work. When we encounter problematic language that was created by library or archives staff, we update it whenever possible. In addition, we encourage users to provide feedback to help us address this issue. We recognize that terminology evolves over time and that efforts to create respectful and inclusive descriptions must be ongoing.
If you encounter problematic language, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Staff will review the description and whenever possible, update it in a way that balances the preservation of original context with an awareness of the effect of language on our users. We welcome your feedback.