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Building on the discussion we had in class, you may want to watch the film Change The Subject. This documentary describes the journey of Dartmouth College students and their quest to get the subject "Illegal Aliens" changed in the Library of Congress Subject Headings system. Following their request, in March 2016, the Library of Congress announced that it would replace "Illegal aliens" with "Noncitizens", but in June 2016 the U.S. House of representatives voted to order the Library of Congress to continue using "Illegal aliens". Since then, legislation and proposals at the federal level have addressed removing "alien" from federal legislation. Still, today the LCSH "Illegal aliens" remains unchanged. At their 2021 Midwinter Meeting, the American Library Association (ALA) issued a resolution urging the Library of Congress to change “Illegal aliens” to “Undocumented Immigrants.” The Williams libraries are in conversation as to how to address this situation.