Speaker spotlight: Walter “Cat” Walker

Overcoming the Barriers: Improving Access to LGBTQ+ Content in Collections

“This paper will explore some of the barriers to identifying LGBTQ+ content in collecIMG_1776tions, including the lack of metadata identifying particular resources as gay-, lesbian-, bisexual-, or transgender-related, and problems matching theterminology of users with the terminology of the resources and attached metadata. Recent changes in the application of metadata to resource records will then be discussed, including the new thesaurus of Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT) describing the intended audiences of resources and the creators and contributors to those resources. If LGBT-related creator/contributor characteristics were added to authority records for LGBT individual persons, and these characteristics were then searchable and linked to bibliographic records related to those individuals, many more resources could then be identified and potentially retrieved as LGBT.”

Walter “Cat” Walker

Walter “Cat” Walker has been the Head Cataloging Librarian at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, California, since 2004. He is also the Chair of the Resources Committee of the American Library Association’s Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender Roundtable (ALA GLBTRT). “Cat” has been a volunteer at ONE National Gay & Lesbian Archives at the USC Libraries for over two decades, and he is also the volunteer archivist for the California Men’s Gatherings.

“Cat” will be speaking on day 1 of the conference.

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