[Library Media] The use of subject headings

Harris, Laurel Laurel.Harris at canyonsdistrict.org
Mon Mar 20 14:21:24 MDT 2017


Yes, to everything Josh said and here are a few more tips.

I admit I use Library of Congress subject headings more often because I can look it up online and my Sears book is not always handy.  A search on Google for LOC authorities gives you the site:  http://authorities.loc.gov/
The main difference in Sears (which is also maintained through LOC) is that it is geared towards lower grades.  LOC subject headings are more numerous so it is more likely to have more contemporary subject heads.
Examples showing the differences (Sears is direct, LOC is indirect):
  French artist (Sears)
Artist, French (LOC)
Theater – Paris (France)   OR Hospitals – Chicago (Illinois)  (Sears)
Theater – France – Paris  OR Hospitals – Illinois – Chicago  (LC)

Any subjects used in WorldCat.org will be LOC or Children’s LOC which is more like Sears.
A trick in using the headings from WorldCat.org is to link to “Find a copy in the library” the link is in the held formats.  You can sometimes get a much more detailed MARC record with more subjects.  Sometimes you get a public library branch that allows for MARC view.

If I have them I put both.  I do like to have lots of subject headings as long as they are from Sears or LC.

A reminder that the 2nd indicator should show which subject heading you are using.  0=LC, 1=Children’s LC, 7=Sears with the added subfield 2 at the end with sears (7 means see subfield 2 for source)

Another purchasing option is from Amazon.  They have used copies.  If you are on a tight budget you could probably get by with the 19th edition rather that the 20th and save quite a bit of money.  Use LOC for the more current topics that might not be in the 19th edition.


Laurel Harris,
Librarian - Jordan High School
Cataloger – Canyons District
95 East Beetdigger Boulevard
Sandy, UT 84070

laurel.harris at canyonsdistrict.org
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From: library-media <library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org> on behalf of "Whiting, Joshua" <jwhiting at graniteschools.org>
Date: Monday, March 20, 2017 at 11:20 AM
To: Emilee McCoy <emccoy at paradigmhigh.org>
Cc: "library-media at lists.uen.org" <library-media at lists.uen.org>
Subject: Re: [Library Media] The use of subject headings

Only sort of sorry to email again so soon. I just barely happened upon this cool tool that can help you find possible Dewey and subject headings for a book:

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It looks like it is basically “crowdsourcing” the info from library catalogs, probably the same database/connections as WorldCat. (http://www.worldcat.org/<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.worldcat.org_&d=DwMGaQ&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=q6fnDblPbeZ8g4Iz_0Gzgs9xcCzHgVYKnLut0UaqLFa8_b8yJOGSOZrd28ZOqyp5&m=FEHO-8Sit79b92CZvZXjQOBpnjTUvGqvS_3tb4JPtIo&s=ocTN--WXtNFFCYhQsuUo1uqhFMjbYUAVqdDLUoHmoUk&e=>)

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From: Whiting, Joshua
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 11:06 AM
To: 'Emilee McCoy' <emccoy at paradigmhigh.org>
Cc: 'library-media at lists.uen.org' <library-media at lists.uen.org>
Subject: RE: [Library Media] The use of subject headings

Here’s the print version of the current edition: http://www.hwwilsoninprint.com/sears.php<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=http-3A__www.hwwilsoninprint.com_sears.php&d=DwMGaQ&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=q6fnDblPbeZ8g4Iz_0Gzgs9xcCzHgVYKnLut0UaqLFa8_b8yJOGSOZrd28ZOqyp5&m=FEHO-8Sit79b92CZvZXjQOBpnjTUvGqvS_3tb4JPtIo&s=8sg78TYpbJzBSQYeXgF1dLivPbaRSQta4ysIWO6ZQqQ&e=>. You can also find it through Amazon and probably other vendors as well.

EBSCO sells an online version (https://www.ebscohost.com/public/sears-list-of-subject-headings<https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.ebscohost.com_public_sears-2Dlist-2Dof-2Dsubject-2Dheadings&d=DwMGaQ&c=fGrSkuu3YyS91PacIZP0XfO0GRH7JgL5znLEO6-CQG0&r=q6fnDblPbeZ8g4Iz_0Gzgs9xcCzHgVYKnLut0UaqLFa8_b8yJOGSOZrd28ZOqyp5&m=FEHO-8Sit79b92CZvZXjQOBpnjTUvGqvS_3tb4JPtIo&s=3NO-i--MWW7iIjEKjzjfl-ckiScy57q1fhwBl1PMbJU&e=>), but I have no idea how much it costs and I am actually currently waiting on their rep. to give me a quote.

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From: library-media [mailto:library-media-bounces at lists.uen.org] On Behalf Of Emilee McCoy
Sent: Monday, March 20, 2017 10:20 AM
To: Emily Davenport <edavenport at alpinedistrict.org<mailto:edavenport at alpinedistrict.org>>
Cc: library-media at lists.uen.org<mailto:library-media at lists.uen.org>
Subject: Re: [Library Media] The use of subject headings

I am in a charter school and I have to catalog my own marc records.  Where do I purchase a Sears book?  Are there any other resources that would be helpful?

On Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 11:18 AM, Emily Davenport via library-media <library-media at lists.uen.org<mailto:library-media at lists.uen.org>> wrote:
The modern teacher librarian had a short online class on cataloging.  Many districts don't have a cataloger.  I import records and add any tags that I think my middle schoolers might use to search.  I don't get to teach all of them lessons on search terms, so whatever works to help your kids find your books is my motto.

On Wed, Mar 8, 2017 at 11:08 AM, Harris, Laurel <Laurel.Harris at canyonsdistrict.org<mailto:Laurel.Harris at canyonsdistrict.org>> wrote:
I would like to comment on the removal and use of subject headings.  I am a district cataloger and I think that as librarians we should follow the cataloging rules. This means using the defined terms from Sears List and Library of Congress authorities.  The reason being that what makes sense to one person does not necessarily make sense to another.  Committees at the Library of Congress spend numerous hours deliberating, debating and considering the subject headings we use.  I purchase the current Sears List to review and check the online authorities every time I consider using a subject heading I’m not certain of.  The subject headings do get dated and they are changed in this sources to reflect that.

Although its considered a college level skill I also teach my high school students to use the subject headings as a guide in research.  When finding a book that is pertinent to their topic they can use the subject headings from that book to formulate a new search.  When subject headings become random and unique to the cataloger instead of universal as the LOC and Sears subjects are the catalog becomes unique to the location and not useful to the majority.

When I look for cataloging for obscure titles or foreign language titles from other sources I count on them to have followed the cataloging rules as set up by LOC.  More and more that is what I find.  With RDA being implemented I know when I see a record using these formats that I can use the information to catalog an item in a language I don’t know.  When I am following cataloging rules, I like to think that someone else will be able to use my cataloging as well.


Laurel Harris,
Librarian - Jordan High School
Cataloger – Canyons District
95 East Beetdigger Boulevard
Sandy, UT 84070



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