Conducting a Pilot for Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms

The MARC field 386 allows catalogers to record demographic group terms for creators and contributors. Catalogers may use terms from various controlled vocabularies in this field, including the Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT). As both the MARC field 386 and LCDGT are relatively new, so far, only a few libraries have begun adding this field to catalog records. The MARC field 386 shows promise for improving discovery of works by diverse creators but also has some potential problems, including risk of privacy violations, outing, and othering. To better explore possible applications for this field, Penn State conducted a pilot to add demographic group terms to 500 catalog records for materials by diverse creators. The pilot highlighted both the potential for improving discovery but also problems that will need to be addressed before implementing more broadly. This presentation will discuss the process for conducting the pilot and summarize outcomes and next steps.

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Work Title Conducting a Pilot for Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms
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  1. Elizabeth Hobart
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  1. Presented as part of the American Library Association's Core Division, Faceted Subject Access Interest Group meeting in March 2024.
Publication Date March 5, 2024
Deposited March 06, 2024

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    • The MARC field 386 allows catalogers to record demographic group terms for creators and contributors. Catalogers may use terms from various controlled vocabularies in this field, including the Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT). As both the MARC field 386 and LCDGT are relatively new, so far, only a few libraries have begun adding this field to catalog records. The MARC field 386 shows promise for improving discovery of works by diverse creators but also has some potential problems, including risk of privacy violations, outing, and othering. To better explore possible applications for this field, Penn State conducted a pilot to add demographic group terms to 500 catalog records for materials by diverse creators. The pilot highlighted both the potential for improving discovery but also problems that will need to be addressed before implementing more broadly. This presentation will discuss the process for conducting the pilot and summarize outcomes and next steps.
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