Inclusive Metadata: Why it’s important and how to assess your subject headings

No sessions are currently scheduled for this event. To request a new session, please contact


In this webinar, we’ll discuss the values behind inclusive metadata, why it’s important, and how it can reflect your institution’s goals for diversity, equity, and inclusion. We’ll also look at problematic areas of the Library of Congress Subject Headings and propose some basic strategies to assess your use of subject headings.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this class, students will be able to:

Explain the colonial underpinnings of library and archives descriptive practices
Define people-first values and cultural humility
Describe the principles of assessing collections data for problematic subject headings


Sharon Mizota Sharon Mizota is an inclusive metadata consultant who helps archives, museums, libraries, and media organizations transform and share their metadata to improve diversity, equity, and inclusion in the historical record. She has over ten years of experience managing and creating metadata for arts and culture organizations, including Walt Disney Animation Studios, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Harvard Business Publishing, and Curationist. She is also an art critic and lives on unceded Tongva and Chumash lands in Southern California. Follow her @SharonMizota on LinkedIn.

State library and/or archives agency; Public library; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Special Library; Academic library: 2 year; Government library; Archives; Historical Society / Site
This webinar is presented in Eastern time.