Libraries' Harmful Language Statement
- Campus Unit: University of Maryland
"The [Libraries' Harmful Language Statement] makes two points with the aim of remediating harm and contextualizing harmful language. The statement also provides a mechanism to provide feedback on descriptions that library cataloging employees may be able to change. Often, these are words found in summaries of materials.
The statement also explains why harmful language isn’t censored when it is directly transcribed from a source. The exact language lends important context to researchers by allowing them to understand the views of the original creators. Often, this also provides context for historical events and outcomes that still affect entire populations today" - source: Libraries addresses harmful language in catalog records