Library of Congress Subject Headings & Genres

$200.00

Dates: July 1 - July 28

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

This course focuses on Library of Congress Subject Headings and Genres from understanding the nature and types of subject headings and LC genre terms, when to use subject headings and genre terms including challenges in working with a controlled vocabulary with a long and complicated history. This class will focus on practical application of subject headings and genres with discussion of usage across metadata and cataloging and exploration of reparative language and its impact on subject headings and genres work. Students will be immersed in subject headings and genres, gaining a solid foundation in using these vocabularies across a variety of disciplines, including cataloging and metadata work in archives, digital humanities projects, and more.

Course Objectives and Goals

By the end of the course students will:

• Understand the terminology associated with Library of Congress subject headings and Genre terms and be able to identify types of headings.
• Be able to interpret an subject authority record to facilitate decision making in subject analysis and understand the basic principles for governing subject headings usage.
• Develop skills to construct appropriate Library of Congress Subject Headings and Genres.
• Explore the history and development of Library of Congress Subject Headings and Genres and how development and changes to subject headings and genres impact cataloging and metadata work including work towards reducing harmful language in data.

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Course Information

Session

Credits

1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

This course focuses on Library of Congress Subject Headings and Genres from understanding the nature and types of subject headings and LC genre terms, when to use subject headings and genre terms including challenges in working with a controlled vocabulary with a long and complicated history. This class will focus on practical application of subject headings and genres with discussion of usage across metadata and cataloging and exploration of reparative language and its impact on subject headings and genres work. Students will be immersed in subject headings and genres, gaining a solid foundation in using these vocabularies across a variety of disciplines, including cataloging and metadata work in archives, digital humanities projects, and more.

Course Objectives and Goals

By the end of the course students will:

  • Understand the terminology associated with Library of Congress subject headings and Genre terms and be able to identify types of headings.
  • Be able to interpret an subject authority record to facilitate decision making in subject analysis and understand the basic principles for governing subject headings usage.
  • Develop skills to construct appropriate Library of Congress Subject Headings and Genres.
  • Explore the history and development of Library of Congress Subject Headings and Genres and how development and changes to subject headings and genres impact cataloging and metadata work including work towards reducing harmful language in data.

Robin Fay

Robin Fay is a Cataloging/Metadata Librarian and Trainer who has worked with academic, public, community college libraries and multistate consortias on cataloging and metadata projects, among those are the Orbis Cascade Alliance, the University System of Georgia, and SkillsCommon. Robin is both a practitioner with over 10 years of cataloging and a trainer. She is a frequent guest on WREK’s Lost in the Stacks discussing metadata and semantic web topics. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Georgia; a MLIS from the University of South Carolina; certificates in Project Management (University of Georgia), and a Yellow Belt in Six Sigma (a quality and processes control standard). Her book Semantic Web Technologies and Social Searching for Librarians was published in 2012.

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