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In consultation with the National Library of Australia, the Library of Congress recently changed the subject headings Australian aborigines and Tasmanian aborigines to Aboriginal Australians and Aboriginal Tasmanians. Other headings that included the terms Australian aborigines or Australian aboriginal were also changed. For example, Australian aborigines in motion pictures was changed to Aboriginal Australians in motion pictures; Australian aboriginal poetry was changed to Aboriginal Australian poetry; Women, Australian aboriginal was changed to Women, Aboriginal Australian; etc. Approximately 90 subject authority records were changed. The changes appeared on Library of Congress Subject Headings Weekly List 30 (July 23, 2003).
Using newly developed methods for changing large numbers of bibliographic records, the Library has updated and distributed approximately 4,500 bibliographic records that were affected by this change.