How do I report an offensive term found in HOLLIS?

The language in Harvard's catalog records was created by librarians, publishers and vendors around the globe over many decades.

Some catalog information (subject headings, author names) forms part of a global, interconnected dictionary used by librarians to create a consistent experience for researchers. Other information comes from a variety of sources, including the author, publisher and librarians both at and beyond Harvard.

In recognition of our own responsibility and to honor our duty to the values of respect and inclusion, Harvard Library is committed to pursuing options to address any terms in Harvard's catalog that cause concern or offense to library users. 

Harvard Library will seek solutions with peer institutions and partners such as the Library of Congress Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO) to maintain the global directory and effect changes as widely as possible. Should those efforts fail, we are committed to seeking local solutions. 

If you would like to suggest a change to an offensive term in Harvard's catalog, please submit an inquiry through Ask a Librarian or HOLLIS Feedback

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