Introduction to LC Subject Headings, I

Wednesday, 3/1/2017
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This webinar was presented on March 8, 2017. Access the recording and presentation slides here:

Part 1 of the two-part series Library of Congress Subject Headings

This session will briefly cover the history and principles of the LCSH vocabulary and introduce the participant to the basics of content analysis. Participants will learn how to assign main headings and how to build structured headings with topical free-floating subdivisions. Participants will learn how to find and make use of the Subject Headings Manual and will be introduced to Classification Web and as tools for selection of controlled vocabulary from LCSH.

Learning Outcomes

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the principles behind the LCSH vocabulary
  • Identify concepts for subject analysis using the 20% rule
  • Construct topical headings and basic structured headings

Who Should Attend

Catalogers and metadata librarians


Bobby Bothmann is metadata & emerging technologies librarian at Minnesota State University, Mankato, and professor in Library Services. Bobby catalogs books and e-resources, wrangles files of MARC records, and investigates new technologies. He is a member of OLAC and serves on the editorial board for CCQ. He holds an MLIS and an MS in Geography and English Technical Communication. He teaches cataloging and classification as an adjunct instructor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



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