logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Library Sciences Site

BellaOnline's Library Sciences Editor

g

Aboutness : How Subject Headings Are Dertmined

Guest Author - Paula Laurita

A continuing examination of how we determine subject headings for materials in our collection?

In the previous article Aboutness: Or Piles of Subject Headings, I discussed how the book The Catholic Fact Book, by John Deedy has been assigned subject headings. In our automated cataloguing systems many of us have the ability to assign endless subject headings. How will these subject headings best serve our patrons?

The subject heading of "Catholic Church" could be overwhelming. It is a far cry from the ideal of 29 hits. It was especially disappointing for me to find that two large Catholic institutions of higher education did not provide better subject access to a book that deals with Catholics and Catholicism.

The Library of Congress Subject Headings have several pages that deal specifically with the Catholic Church and its various rites, orders, geographic locations, etc. The only three areas that coincide with mine are Catholic Church, Catholic Church--Doctrines, and Catholic Church--Saints. Major traditions (what are referred to as the big "T" traditions) of Catholicism would fall under Doctrines. This subdivision would not cover the cultural traditions (the small "t" traditions) that many people associate with Catholicism. Therefore the subdivision of "Traditions" would more adequately include this aspect of the book. A free floating subdivision of Customs and Practices would also be beneficial.

There was no area in the Library of Congress Subject Headings that would incorporate Catholic Church--Pilgrimage Sites. Many of these places of pilgrimage involve Marian apparitions. Neither apparitions nor Mary was listed in the subject headings. The latter was quite surprising. Considering the importance of Mariology in shaping Catholic culture. It was astonishing to see no specific subject heading for Mary. Perhaps an appropriate inclusion would be Catholic Church--Mary, Mother of Jesus? Church--Mary, Blessed Virgin? Saints--Apparitions and Miracles? There of course could be further breakdowns. The needs of the population being served by this catalogue would determine how far the breakdown should continue.

The list could include approved places of pilgrimage. There are many pilgrimage sites that have nothing to do with Mary. Since there is no listing for "Pilgrimages" they would not be listed. Of course the Library of Congress has catch-all phrase of, "Mary subd Geog". If the cataloguer or the patron does not know that the place is a pilgrimage site it provides very little help.

CatholicismThe next book was Catholicism, by Fr. Richard McBrien. This book may be described as a more in-depth overview of the Catholic Church and its teachings. It has been described by Martin E Marty as, "...astonishingly successful at bringing together 20 centuries of Catholic life..." This study edition presents the whole panorama of Catholic belief and practice.

How has this essential study tool been catalogued? Aboutness Part 3

Add Aboutness+%3A++How+Subject+Headings+Are+Dertmined to Twitter Add Aboutness+%3A++How+Subject+Headings+Are+Dertmined to Facebook Add Aboutness+%3A++How+Subject+Headings+Are+Dertmined to MySpace Add Aboutness+%3A++How+Subject+Headings+Are+Dertmined to Del.icio.us Digg Aboutness+%3A++How+Subject+Headings+Are+Dertmined Add Aboutness+%3A++How+Subject+Headings+Are+Dertmined to Yahoo My Web Add Aboutness+%3A++How+Subject+Headings+Are+Dertmined to Google Bookmarks Add Aboutness+%3A++How+Subject+Headings+Are+Dertmined to Stumbleupon Add Aboutness+%3A++How+Subject+Headings+Are+Dertmined to Reddit




Professional Development
Aboutness : Or Piles of Subject Headings
Subject Heading Professional Development Quiz
RSS
Related Articles
Editor's Picks Articles
Top Ten Articles
Previous Features
Site Map




For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Library Sciences Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Paula Laurita. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Paula Laurita. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Christine Sharbrough for details.

g


g features
Review of Sisters of Treason

Books for Sixth Graders

Books That Change Lives

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor