UC Berkeley Library works to add alternative term for ‘illegal aliens’ in catalog

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Starting in spring 2019 and continuing today, the campus library’s information technology team has been working to add the subject heading “Undocumented immigrants” to catalog records with the “Illegal aliens” heading, according to Jo Anne Newyear-Ramirez, the UC Berkeley Library's associate university librarian for scholarly resources.

As some of the Library of Congress’ catalog headings have remained stagnant in the face of language change, the UC Berkeley Library is working to decrease the use of “illegal aliens” — a term that many find dehumanizing — to denote the undocumented population.
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