The Polar Libraries Colloquy is a proud partner of the University of the Arctic and is the host for the Thematic Network on Decolonization of Arctic Library and Archives Metadata (DALAM). The DALAM network works in the area of decolonization of metadata, descriptive cataloguing, archival description, classification systems, subject headings, and other terminology that is used by libraries and archives. The network serves as a community of practice for librarians, archivists and information professionals who work in this area.
- To help libraries and archives correct the culturally inappropriate, incorrect and colonially centered metadata, subject headings and descriptive records which currently exist in Arctic collections.
- To support Indigenous Peoples in defining the ways in which they and their environments are described in this domain.
- To make Arctic Indigenous languages more present in metadata, subject headings and descriptive records.
- To build infrastructure, practices, tools, and relationships among Thematic Network partners to promote sustainability going forward.
To learn more about DALAM, please visit the University of the Arctic DALAM Thematic Network Page.