Removing Dewey Decimal Classification “Othering” from Your Collection

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Join Katie Dehmer to discuss how a regional library system recently updated their internal processing and cataloging practices to remove othering that occurs in the Dewey Decimal Classification System from their collection. She'll also talk about how the regional library plans to ensure a fair process is in place going forward.

Learning Outcomes

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

Determine how to prioritize subject areas for updating processing and cataloging practices.
Explain the workflow for converting bibliographic & item records in a regional library system.
List steps taken to implement workflow for new titles.


Katie Dehmer is the Catalog Librarian for the Southern Maryland Regional Library. She has worked in Maryland Public Libraries for the past eight years both in both public and technical services.

Network/consortia; Public library; Academic library: 4 year and graduate; Special Library
This webinar is presented in Eastern time.