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Introduction to Library of Congress Subject Headings Workshop

When:  
Tuesday, July 11, 2017 (9:30 AM - 4:30 PM) Export to vCalendar
Where:   RAILS East Peoria Atrium / Videoconference Room (In Person, Max: 25)
Cost:   Free
Presenter:   Karen Snow

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There will be a one hour break for lunch on your own. Lunch will NOT be provided.

Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) is one of the most widely-used controlled vocabularies in the world. Library staff in general (not just catalogers!) should have a solid understanding of how LCSH headings and subheadings are constructed and used in order to better serve users performing subject searches. This workshop will provide a brief history of LCSH, the principles behind its construction, as well as plenty of examples and hands-on activities so participants will gain a deeper understanding of LCSH and, in turn, utilize them more effectively to serve their users. Participants are encouraged to bring (or share) a laptop or tablet with access to the Internet in order to complete the hands-on activities. No additional software is needed.

Topics:
* Importance and Use of Controlled Vocabularies
* Introduction to Library of Congress Subject Headings (Background & History)
* Finding and Assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings
* Applying Free-Floating Subheadings
* Geographic Headings and Subheadings

Desired Outcomes:
By the end of the LCSH workshop, participants will be able to:
1. Recognize the differences between controlled and uncontrolled vocabularies
2. Understand the principles underlying and problems associated with the construction and maintenance of Library of Congress subject headings
3. Identify where to find valid Library of Congress subject headings
4. Locate Library of Congress subject headings and subheadings in the appropriate sources
5. Apply Library of Congress subject headings and subheadings to specific resources
6. Create Library of Congress subject fields in a MARC bibliographic record

Presenter:
Karen Snow is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University in River Forest, IL. She teaches face-to-face and online in the areas of cataloging, classification, and metadata. She completed her Ph.D. in Information Science at the University of North Texas in 2011 and while doing so worked as a cataloger in the Rare Book Room, University Archives, and the Technical Services departments. She taught several cataloging courses online for the College of Information at the University of North Texas from 2006 until 2011. Her main areas of research interest are cataloging quality, ethics, and education. In 2016, she received the Follett Corporation’s Excellence in Teaching Award.

Type:   Workshop

Notes
There will be a one hour break for lunch on your own. Lunch will NOT be provided.


Categories: Academic Libraries, Cataloging, Public Libraries, School Libraries, Special Libraries, Technical Services, Galesburg Area, Peoria Area


This event is sponsored by Reaching Across Illinois Library System.

Last day to cancel registrations is: 7/11/2017


Questions? Please contact Louise Svehla.

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