The ARLIS/NY Board acknowledges that many of the organizations represented by members in this chapter operate on unceded Indigenous land, specifically the homeland of the Lenape peoples.
The Board has compiled a list of resources to honor this group and to encourage its members to establish Indigenous land acknowledgements as a standard practice at their respected institutions.
Brooklyn College: Libguide on Indigenous Studies at Brooklyn College
Brooklyn Public Library: “On Native Land” (blog post)
Land Acknowledgement Bot: “an SMS and Facebook Messenger bot leveraging data from Canadian not-for-profit, Native Land, who ask that people use the data carefully because confirmation by nations is pending and they are updating data weekly.”
The Lenape Center: “Since 2008, [the] Lenape Center based in Manhattan and led by Lenape elders has created programs, exhibitions, workshops, performances, symposia, land acknowledgment and ceremonies to continue our Lenape presence. We push back against our erasure and seed the ground with Lenape consciousness for the next generations.”
Native Governance Center- “A Guide to Indigenous land acknowledgement”
Native Land Digital: “Native-Land.ca website run by the nonprofit organization Native Land Digital. We are guided by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council. Our funding comes from friendly organizations and individual donors.” Their mission is to “ map Indigenous lands in a way that changes, challenges, and improves the way people see the history of their countries and peoples,”
New Museum: Land Acknowledgement
New York State Library: Native American Materials
New York University: Guide to Indigenous Land and Territorial Acknowledgements for Cultural Institutions
Pratt Institute: Native American and Indigenous Peoples Resource Guide (Compiled by the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
Princeton University: Guide on Land Acknowledgements
United States Department of Arts and Culture: Honor Native Land: A guide and call to acknowledgement
Thanks to everyone who attended the joint NYTSL/ARLIS Virtual Program on Inclusive Description held on Wednesday, May 26th! A recording for the event is now available for those who couldn't make it. To view the slides for each presentation please click on the links below:
Inclusive Description at Columbia University Libraries: From “Change the Subject” to Action SLIDESMatthew C. Haugen, Rare Book Cataloger, Columbia University Libraries
Michele Wan, Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, Columbia University Libraries
"Changing the Subject” at Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library SLIDESTomasz Kalata, Metadata Manager, Cataloging, BookOps (BPL/NYPL)
Steven Pisani, Assistant Director, Cataloging, BookOps (BPL/NYPL)
User-Driven Reparative Archival Description at New York University SLIDESWeatherly Stephan, Head of Archival Collections Management, NYU Libraries
To learn more about inclusive description in libraries please consult the following resources:
Anchor Archive Zine Library Zine Thesaurus: A customized thesaurus of subject terms to describe zines in their collection.
The Cataloging Lab: " a place for anyone who cares about library cataloging to experiment with making our controlled vocabularies and classification better"
"Experimenting with Controlled Vocabulary: Using the Cataloging Lab to Shape LCSH" (Webinar recording): "This webinar will provide a crash course in the process of submitting LCSH proposals as well as introduce the Cataloging Lab, a wiki where anyone can collaborate to suggest headings additions or revisions."
CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee (ALA): A committee that studies " problems and recommend patterns, methods, and tools for optimizing subject and genre/form access to information resources, with an emphasis on classification and controlled vocabularies used to organize information."
Storytime at the Met