Print

Print


*****Posting this to the PCC, SACO, and BIBCO lists.*****

 

In 2010, the Policy and Standards and Cooperative and Instructional Programs divisions of the Library of Congress teamed up to develop and present a series of courses on subject cataloging and classification to LC’s cataloging staff.  Beginning next week, three of those courses will also be made available to the PCC community through a series of free webinars.  The instructor for each will be Janis L. Young, a senior cataloging policy specialist in PSD.

 

If you are interested in any of these sessions, please send a message to the SACO account ([log in to unmask]) indicating which sessions you would like to attend. Once the registration limits are reached, I will send a follow-up message to the PCC, SACO, and BIBCO lists.

I will send out login information for the webinars to registered attendees, along with the course handouts, two days prior to each session.

If you are not able to participate in the live sessions, remember that all the sessions will be recorded for future reference.

Thanks,

Paul Frank

PCC Secretariat

*****  

Introduction to LCSH and LCC Structure

When: Tuesday, April 9, 2013, 1-4 p.m. ET

Registration limit: 15 persons

Method of instruction: Lecture

 

            Designed primarily for cataloging and public services staff who have only a passing familiarity with LCSH and LCC, this course is also ideal for those wishing to refresh their memories on the principles and structure upon which LCSH and LCC are built.  Chiefly focused on LCSH, the course answers such questions as, Why do those headings and references look like that? and Why does that heading have a scope note, when this one doesn’t?  It also provides an introduction to the concept of subdivision in general, and to free-floating and pattern subdivisions in particular.  The structure of LC classification is also discussed, and “tours” of the Subject Headings Manual and Classification and Shelflisting Manual are provided.

 

 

Assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings

When: Tuesday, April 23, 2013, 1-4 p.m. ET

Registration limit: 15 persons

Method of instruction: Lecture and exercises

Note: Exercises are paper-based.

 

            Ideal for those with a basic knowledge of LCSH who want to increase their understanding of the principles guiding the assignment of headings to individual works, this course also serves as a good refresher for expert catalogers who want a reminder of the fundamentals.  Instruction on the organization and use of the Subject Headings Manual is provided, as is training on the fundamental principles of heading assignment and the construction of subject heading strings, including order of subdivisions.  

 

 

Proposing New and Revised Geographic Subject Headings

When: May 14, 15, 16 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday), 1-3 p.m. ET each day

Registration limit: 10 institutions

Method of instruction: Lecture and exercises

Note: One exercise will be assigned at the end of each of the first two sessions, and attendees should be prepared to discuss it the following day.  Estimated time for each exercise: 15-30 minutes.

 

            This in-depth course is intended for catalogers who currently make geographic proposals, or who want to but don’t know where to start.  The first day will briefly cover whether to propose a geographic subject heading or to establish the place in the name authority file, and then focus on authority research. The second day will cover the choice of the “base” heading and references (i.e., the heading and references, excluding the qualifiers).  Day three will provide instruction on the choice of qualifiers and the provision of field 781, and also cover the rules for several special situations, such as islands, initial articles, and watersheds.

 

Each of the live webinars will also be recorded and made available to the public through LC’s Cataloger’s Learning Workshop (http://www.loc.gov/catworkshop/).