Creating a More Inclusive Catalog
Friday, October 14, 2022
Friday, October 14, 2022
2:00 pm to 3:30 pm

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Online via Zoom


In this session the speakers will present on the individual projects their libraries and institutions have undertaken to reach the goal of creating a more inclusive library catalog. Within this work, there are multiple ways to enact change, in this presentation three varying perspectives will be shared followed by a facilitated panel discussion. Major topics will include: research and decision making processes for subject heading changes, individual project outlines and goals, and open discussion on the challenges of enacting these changes.


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Emily O'Neal, Technical Services Manager, Deschutes Public Library (Bend, OR), Rachel Fischer, Member Services Librarian for Technical Services, CCS (Illinois) and Scott Brandwein, Bibliographic Services Manager, SWAN Library Services (Illinois)
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Scott Brandwein is the Bibliographic Services Manager at SWAN Library Serivces, a resource-sharing consortium in the greater Chicagoland area. Aside from coordinating cataloging and acquisitions processes for SWAN's 100 member libraries, he chairs their DEI in Metadata Working Group, working towards a more inclusive catalog by enhancing metadata to be more respectful and useful to minority and marginalized communities. He is also co-chair of Illinois' DEI in Metadata Networking Group, which aims to facilitate this conversation at a higher level and provide recommendations and resources for others aiming to undergo similar projects at their institutions.

Rachel K. Fischer is the Member Services Librarian for Technical Services at Cooperative Computer Services (CCS). She has an MLIS from Dominican University and an MSM from Minot State University. Rachel has published book chapters and articles in Public Library Quarterly, Library Hi Tech, Reference and User Services Quarterly, and Library Journal.

Emily O'Neal is the Technical Services Manager for Deschutes Public Library in Bend, Oregon as well as an active member in a number of professional committees and roles.  Emily currently serves as the Co-Chair to the Oregon Intellectual Freedom Committee and serves as an active member to the Oregon Library Association, Technical Services Round Table, serving as chair in 2018-2019 and again 2020-2021 and spearheaded the creation of the Oregon Critical Cataloging Repository in summer 2021.  She was also a previous member of the Oregon Library Association EDI Anti-Racism Committee, serving as a guest writer to the EDI Anti-Racism toolkit, as well as supported the Libros for Oregon subcommittee of REFORMA in creating Spanish language cataloging standards.  Emily relocated to Bend in April of 2016 from Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she was formerly the Technical Services and Collection Management Librarian for Bud Werner Memorial Library.  Prior to Colorado, Emily was the Library Operations Manager of Collections for the University of New Mexico.  When not managing a Technical Services department, Emily enjoys teaching dance or spending time outdoors hiking, snowboarding, rock climbing and paddle boarding with her husband and two dogs.


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Intersect 2022: Libraries as Evolving Organisms

The WNYLRC Continuing Education Committee is excited to announce that registration is now open for Intersect 2022: Libraries as Evolving Organisms! The cost for this conference will be $35 ($15 for students) and includes lunch. Several WNYLRC Committees are offering sponorships for individuals to attend the Unconference free of cost.

The event will be held in person on October 7, 2022 at the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library - Central Branch. We are excited to be able to see everyone in person again!

The full program and session schedule are available at this link.

During lunch, we are offering: a tour of Buffalo Architecture from Explore Buffalo, a tour of the Central Library, and two creative activities - letterpress printing and bookmaking - from WNYBAC, which is located a short distance from Central Library.

Lunch will be provided by Braymiller.

We will be following up by email with a link to the form to select your lunch and lunchtime activity.

Parking will be available at the Adam Ramp, which has entrances at Ellicott St and Washington St.

Presentations during this year's Unconference will include:

  • Every Job Is A Climate Job - Library Edition - Annemarie Gordon
  • Game On! Video Games in Libraries - Brendan Chella
  • Diversity in Collections Grant: Reflections on the Pilot Year - Molly Maloney, Danielle Newman, Allison Vazquez, Heidi Ziemer
  • DEI and the Catalog: Problematic LoC Subject Headings - Rebecca Chapman, Leslie Feldballe, and Jelicia Jimenez
  • Social Media & Libraries: A Panel Discussion - Amanda Lowe
  • Starting a Seed Library: Why You Need One and How To Do It - Amanda Brown and Brenda Johnson
  • Educational Technology in Libraries - Mary Kamela
  • Inclusive and Accessible Virtual Meetings - Emily Carlin, Shawn Lemieux, Molly Maloney, and Allison Vazquez
  • Buffalo Style: Reimagining Citation - Beth Carpenter and Jocelyn Swick-Jemison
  • That All May Read - Shawn Lemieux
  • Check It Out! (a roundtable focusing on non-traditional circulating items) - Emily Benton, Matthew Kazimierz Kochan, Chelsey Lonberger, Jacob Rachwal, and Lisa Sullivan

Sponsorship information:

The following WNYLRC Committees have agreed to sponsor conference attendance for selected registrants. The available sponsorships are:

  1. The Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Anti-Racism (EDIAr) Committee is sponsoring five attendees who identify as BIPOC on a first-come, first-served basis, prioritizing attendees who do not have other conference funding available. If you would like to apply for this sponsorship, please click here to fill out the required information on why you wish to attend, whether you identify as BIPOC, and whether you have other conference funding available]
  2. The Library Support Staff Committee is sponsoring five attendees who work as library support staff in WNYLRC member libraries on a first-come, first-served basis, prioritizing attendees who do not have other conference funding available. Fill out the application here.
  3. The WNYLRC Resource Sharing Committee is also providing sponsorship. Fill out the application here.
  4. The WNYLRC Preservation Committee is proud to sponsor two attendees of Intersect Unconference 2022 who represent GLAM (galleries, specialized libraries, archives, and museums) institutions throughout Western NY.  This sponsorship is open to both students and employees, with the hopes of encouraging more GLAM-focused attendance and content at the Intersect Unconference. Fill out the application here.

To apply for a sponsorship, please fill out the required information by September 30, 2022. The committees will make their selections and notify sponsorship recipients by this date as well..


The purpose of Intersect is to facilitate a culture of co-learning among librarians and other interested professionals in the region by bringing people together to network and share ideas in an interactive, engaging, informal setting where participants determine the content. 

We hope that you can join us this year!