User's Guide to Sears List of Subject Headings

User's Guide to Sears List of Subject Headings

by Mohinder P. Satija, Dorothy Elizabeth Haynes
     
 

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The Sears List is used all over the world in small and medium sized libraries to provide subject access to library collections. It has constantly been revised and kept up to date, both in its methods and contents, by incorporating new subjects and updated organization. The Sears List is also a good choice for teaching subject headings work in library

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The Sears List is used all over the world in small and medium sized libraries to provide subject access to library collections. It has constantly been revised and kept up to date, both in its methods and contents, by incorporating new subjects and updated organization. The Sears List is also a good choice for teaching subject headings work in library schools.

There is no entire book on current usage of this important library tool, and so, the present work is an endeavor to fill this gap in the literature. A companion to the 19th edition of the Sears List, this new publication explains the theoretical foundations, history, and application of the Sears List. It is a manual for beginners to understand the importance of vocabulary control, the process of subject analysis, the structure and organization of the Sears List, and the methods to locate, specify, and construct subject headings. In addition, the manual provides cross-references for the public catalog. Subject headings in the complex areas of languages and literatures, as well as biographical and geographical works are each given a separate chapter. This work will be very important to technical services librarians, subject catalogers, students, and teachers of library and information science.

Editorial Reviews

American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Its enduring appeal lies in part on its emphasis on specific and direct subject entries, its acceptance of common words as subject headings, and its use of key headings to guide catalogers in creating new headings. At its core there lies the recognition that the so-called world of knowledge more closely resembles an ever-expanding universe than a celestial body fixed in its orbit....a welcome introduction to an often-intimidating aspect of librarianship.
— June 2008
American Reference Books Annual
Its enduring appeal lies in part on its emphasis on specific and direct subject entries, its acceptance of common words as subject headings, and its use of key headings to guide catalogers in creating new headings. At its core there lies the recognition that the so-called world of knowledge more closely resembles an ever-expanding universe than a celestial body fixed in its orbit....a welcome introduction to an often-intimidating aspect of librarianship.
— June 2008
Technicalities
I would recommend this book as a classroom text and as an aid for library staff that have little access to formal training.
— Jean Weihs
Technicalities - Jean Weihs
I would recommend this book as a classroom text and as an aid for library staff that have little access to formal training.
American Reference Books Annual - June 2008
Its enduring appeal lies in part on its emphasis on specific and direct subject entries, its acceptance of common words as subject headings, and its use of key headings to guide catalogers in creating new headings. At its core there lies the recognition that the so-called world of knowledge more closely resembles an ever-expanding universe than a celestial body fixed in its orbit....a welcome introduction to an often-intimidating aspect of librarianship.
American Reference Books Annual, June 2008 - .
Its enduring appeal lies in part on its emphasis on specific and direct subject entries, its acceptance of common words as subject headings, and its use of key headings to guide catalogers in creating new headings. At its core there lies the recognition that the so-called world of knowledge more closely resembles an ever-expanding universe than a celestial body fixed in its orbit....a welcome introduction to an often-intimidating aspect of librarianship.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781461731726
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
05/16/2008
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
160
File size:
1 MB

Meet the Author

Mohinder P. Satija is Professor and Head of the Department of Library and Information Science, Guru Nanak Dev. University, Amritsar, India.

Elizabeth Haynes is associate professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of Southern Mississippi.

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