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6-13-2022

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This presentation shares the impetus, progress, and challenges encountered in developing and managing a library-wide decolonial metadata project at Florida International University (FIU) Libraries. The goal of this initiative is to develop inclusive metadata within our digital collections and finding aids that represent the communities we serve and to develop a metadata remediation plan that ameliorates the harm done by antiquated language. In thinking about the current metadata in our collections, we are engaging a post-colonial mindset that incorporates methods of coping with the ongoing oppression of vulnerable communities. In contrast, our metadata analysis and remediation process is focused on decolonial analysis that actively engages us in revealing and dismantling the cultural vocabularies that maintain colonial power hierarchies. This presentation will explore these different approaches and offer ideas on how to evaluate digital collections.

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