Using LCSH Pattern Headings

Wednesday, 9/18/2019
  • 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 September 18, 2019. Access the recording and materials now:

The webinar will instruct users how to locate the freely available Subject Headings Manual and the various worksheets that are applicable to using the Pattern Headings. Additionally, the webinar will show how to locate pattern headings using the freely-available LCSH PDF files and how a parallel search in the subscription-based ClassificationWeb can provide a similar result.

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion, attendees will:

  • understand the LCSH Pattern Headings
  • understand the difference between editorial and free-floating subdivisions
  • apply free-floating subdivisions using the tools in the Subject Headings Manual (SHM)

Who Should Attend

Catalogers and metadata librarians using LCSH


Bobby Bothmann is professor and metadata & emerging technologies librarian in Library Services at Minnesota State University, Mankato. Bobby catalogs monographic resources and investigates new technologies. He holds an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin--Milwaukee and an MS in Geography and English Technical Communication from MSU Mankato. Bobby teaches cataloging for the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.



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