Discovering Diversity through Linked Data

Recorded On: 07/18/2023

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Program recordings from the 2023 AALL Annual Meeting & Conference were sponsored by LexisNexis. Please note the opinions shared during the programs represent the views of the speakers and not of AALL.

Library catalogs are transitioning from traditional Machine Readable Cataloging (MARC) to linked data to facilitate discovery and interoperability with metadata created outside the library community. These initiatives increase visibility of resources beyond the library catalog. This program will provide an overview of the Resource Description Framework (RDF) to increase visibility of library resources to make them accessible in an open web. As a case study, the Homosauraus, international linked data vocabulary of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) will be introduced to promote inclusivity in metadata and to adapt the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) into the library catalog.

This program is sponsored by the Library Systems & Resource Discovery SIS.


Cataloging and Metadata Services Librarians, Technical Services Librarians, Digital Initiative Librarians, System Services Librarians, Information Technology Librarians, Scholarly Communications Librarians, Reference Services Librarians, Instructional Services Librarians, Library Directors.


  • Participants will be able to describe a triple structure of RDF to explore possibilities of crafting library data for the semantic web.
  • Participants will be able to list three challenges in implementing linked data in their libraries.
  • Participants will be able to explain how a linked data compliant alternative vocabulary will advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in online library catalogs.


  • Juliet Hardesty (she/her/hers), Metadata Analyst, Indiana University
  • Jake Kubrin (he/him/his), Acquisitions and Metadata Librarian, Robert Crown Law Library, Stanford Law School


  • Keiko Okuhara (she/her/hers), Metadata Services Librarian, William S. Richardson School of Law University of Hawaii at Manoa


  • Joe Cera (he/him/his), Digital Initiatives and Scholarly Communications Librarian, Berkeley Law Library

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