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LGBTQ+ Inclusion through Conscious Editing

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Amanda Boczar (Department of English)

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Throughout the Spring semester, I’ve been working with USF Library’s Ted Hipple Collection of Young Adult Literature to update LGBTQ+ subject headings, with the intention of sending a proposal of updated terms to the Library of Congress. This process is done through conscious editing, which allows researchers to actively monitor and change archival descriptions, resulting in updated language and an increase in diversity. The importance of updating text’s subject headings includes removing offensive or outdated language, ease of access for research, as well as promoting inclusivity within the library. I intend to discuss the process of conscious editing, what the results look like, and how it can both diversify the collection and impact the LGBTQ+ community on a broader spectrum.

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LGBTQ+ Inclusion through Conscious Editing

Throughout the Spring semester, I’ve been working with USF Library’s Ted Hipple Collection of Young Adult Literature to update LGBTQ+ subject headings, with the intention of sending a proposal of updated terms to the Library of Congress. This process is done through conscious editing, which allows researchers to actively monitor and change archival descriptions, resulting in updated language and an increase in diversity. The importance of updating text’s subject headings includes removing offensive or outdated language, ease of access for research, as well as promoting inclusivity within the library. I intend to discuss the process of conscious editing, what the results look like, and how it can both diversify the collection and impact the LGBTQ+ community on a broader spectrum.