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The idea for the Latin American and Indigenous Peoples funnel came about in the course of a meeting of the Cataloging and Bibliographical Technology Subcommittee of SALALM (Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials) in the course of its 2017 meeting. The discussion focused on creating a gateway for catalogers who did not work at PCC (Program for Cooperative Cataloging) institutions and who did not know how to propose subject headings, to do so. Perhaps more importantly, the funnel intends to provide access to aid non-catalogers in submitting subject headings. The need for changing a subject heading is likely to be heard first by non-catalogers, who deal directly with the public who may feel that they are not being described in language that they feel is appropriate, and who may suggest other alternatives that work better, are more respectful, and more correct.


The LAIPA funnel provides a mechanism for proposing the creation of new subject headings and the changing or updating of old subject headings relating to Latin America and to the experience of the indigenous peoples of the Americas. The goal is to improve access to materials on Latin America and the indigenous peoples of the Americas and to propose new subject headings and correct old headings that the communities being described to not feel accurately represent them. The current coordinator is Sara Levinson (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill). If you would like to participate or have questions about the funnel, please email: Sara Levinson at [email protected].

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