Library of Congress Drops Illegal Alien Subject Heading, Provokes Backlash Legislation

Library of Congress Drops Illegal Alien Subject Heading, Provokes Backlash Legislation

“The replacement of the subject heading was the culmination of a two-year grassroots process that began when Melissa Padilla, class of 2016, first noticed what she felt were inappropriate search terms while researching a paper on undocumented students at Dartmouth’s Baker-Berry Library in 2013. While working with research and instruction services librarian Jill Baron, Padilla told LJ, she realized that nearly every article or book she looked at was categorized with the subject heading “Illegal aliens.”

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