Introduction to Sears Subject Headings II

An ALCTS webcast.

Do you want to understand more complex constructions of Sears Subject Headings used in bibliographic records? Do you want to understand Sears better for catalog record creation, to evaluate your vendor records, or for searching subjects in your catalog? Take a closer look at Sears Subject Headings! This session focuses on using Sears and constructing headings in your own library. Challenging subjects are covered. The use of the 20th edition and other online tools is explained. This webinar will also compare and contrast Library of Congress Subject Headings and the Sears Subject Headings.

This session is meant to follow up on the November 10 session Introduction to Sears Subject Headings I.


A better understanding of Sears for catalog record creation, evaluating your vendor records, or for searching subjects in your catalog.

Who Should Attend

These webcasts will be of interest to anyone interested in learning more about subject cataloging with a focus on the Sears List as opposed to LCSH. No expertise is needed. School librarians, special librarians with general materials in their collections, public librarians, and anyone who just wants to know more about subject headings and cataloging will benefit from these two webinars.


Sara Rofofsky Marcus is the Electronic Resources/Web Librarian at Queensborough Community College. In 2009 she received a Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for research on Sears subject headings and she is currently completing this research. In 2009/2010 she also received the Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) grant to study the Sears List. She has taught cataloging and classification at Queens College and Rutgers University and has cataloged and automated libraries using both LCSH and Sears.




How to Register

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Tech Requirements

Transcripts of this session are available.




For questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or