U.C. Boulder labels ‘illegal alien’ a ‘problematic phrase’

U.C. Boulder labels ‘illegal alien’ a ‘problematic phrase’

[Ed. – Let’s just give them all citizenship and be done with it.]

The University of Colorado-Boulder has removed the term  “illegal aliens” from its library catalog in favor of “more ethical subject headings” to foster an “inclusive atmosphere.”

Library subject headings are used to help researchers find relevant material by using certain keywords. Now, at UC Boulder, student researchers can use terms like “noncitizen,” and “undocumented immigrants” to find documents that previously were only identified by the legal designation of “illegal alien.”

The library, which changed 5,367 records, has opted for “more ethical subject headings” rather than the “problematic” phrase “in an effort to foster diversity and inclusion,” according to its website.

The change is part of the university’s Libraries’ Strategic Plan for 2016-2020 which seeks to “provide services, spaces, and collections that foster belonging, curiosity, openness, discovery, creativity, and reflection,” according to the strategic plan.

The American Library Association resolved to change the subject heading in 2016, but the U.S. House of Representatives voted to keep using the phrase “illegal aliens.” UC Boulder decided to follow the ALA resolution, according to Candace Smith, Assistant Vice Chancellor of Strategic Media Relations.

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