DEI Subject Heading Enhancements at Deschutes Public Library


As with most library catalogs today, Deschutes Public Library was confronting a catalog that was plagued by biased terminology. They made the decision to address it.

In this webinar, Casey Cheney, Vice President, Automation Services at Backstage Library Works and Emily O’Neal, Technical Service Manager at Deschutes Public Library explain how they applied the concepts of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) to change problematic terminology within the library catalog.

Topics will include:

  • The impetus for beginning their DEI work and how automation services and processes made the project possible
  • How to consider input from colleagues and the community to address terminology updates
  • The direct impact DEI made in the Deshutes Public Library community

DEI is essential to providing a supportive and welcoming environment and vendor partners are available to help you foster a change. Join this webinar to hear a firsthand account of how a library can start building a more inclusive catalog that serves all users.