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Inclusive Collections, Inclusive Libraries – Reimagine Descriptive Workflows Project

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Inclusive Collections, Inclusive Libraries is an RLUK programme of events that aims to foster conversation around decolonisation and inclusive practice in collecting, describing, presenting, and engaging with content in research library collections. It seeks to raise awareness about the opportunities and challenges of dealing with, contextualising, and engaging with offensive collections while also identifying and sharing examples of good practice.

Reimagine Descriptive Workflows Project

11 October 2023, 14:00 – 15:00 (BST), 15:00 – 16:00 (CEST/SAST), 09:00 – 10:00 (EDT), 21:00 – 22:00 (AWST/CST)

Reimagine Descriptive Workflows was an OCLC project to better understand and address harm caused by cultural institutions’ metadata and collection description practices.

In 2021-22, the project convened an international group of experts, practitioners, and community members to determine ways of improving descriptive practices, tools, infrastructure, and workflows in libraries and archives.

A year and a half after the publication of our community agenda, Reimagine Descriptive Workflows: A Community-informed Agenda for Reparative and Inclusive Descriptive Practice, we take time to reflect on the report, how it has influenced the community, and how it has influenced OCLC.

Merrilee Proffitt is Senior Manager for the OCLC RLP. She provides community development skills and expert support to institutions within the OCLC Research Library Partnership.

Jay Holloway is the Director of End User Platform Services within the Global Product Management division at OCLC, where he focuses on the end-to-end user experience from discovery through delivery.


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