Saturday, December 5, 2015

Subject Headings Manual : Glossary of Library & Information Science

Library of Congress Subject Headings LCSH

New Post on Librarianship Studies & Information Technology Blog provides a comprehensive and most up-to-date description of Subject Headings Manual (SHM)

Subject Headings Manual (SHM) provides guidelines to use Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). The manual was originally conceived as an in-house procedure manual to aid subject catalogers at the Library of Congress in constructing and assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) in an accurate and consistent manner. SHM includes explanations of subject cataloging policy, procedures, and practices for the catalogers at Library of Congress in providing LCSH subject headings to bibliographic records and constructing new headings to be included in LCSH. Other libraries who wish to catalog in the same manner as the Library of Congress as well as faculty at schools of library and information science who wish to teach Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) to their students should follow the guidelines of the Subject Headings Manual (SHM) ... … … (Visit link mentioned above to read complete article)

This new encyclopedic entry in the Glossary of Library & Information Science of the Librarianship Studies & Information Technology Blog answers following questions about Subject Headings Manual (SHM)
  • What is Subject Headings Manual (SHM)? 
  • What is history of Subject Headings Manual (SHM)? 
  • What is the cost of Subject Headings Manual (SHM)? 
  • How SHM is revised? 
  • Where can we get free SHM? 
  • How to give LCSH in a bibliographic record according to international standards?
Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) is the most widely used Subject Heading List throughout the world. Even though all libraries use LCSH to provide Subject Heading, most of them are not aware of the proper guidelines and practices for applying LCSH headings. I am saying this from my experience of working in some major libraries in India, namely the National Library of IndiaCentral Reference Library, and the Indian School of Business Library and observing the catalogs of various libraries of different countries and also records in WorldCat database OCLC, world's largest library catalog. Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) is one of the focus areas of Librarianship Studies & Information Technology Blog. It aims to generate awareness and provide information to librarians and catalogers about Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) based on international standards. Till recently Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Subject Headings Manual (SHM) were available as paid products from LC and were very costly. Now that these are made available for free, it is a great initiative and service by the Library of Congress to the profession of librarianship and libraries should cash this opportunity to provide Subject Headings in their catalogs in the correct way. 

Librarianship Studies & Information Technology Blog will be more focused on Information Access Through The Subject with special reference to the techniques of Library of Congress Classification (LCC) and Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) by use of Classification & Shelflisting Manual (CSM), Subject Headings Manual (SHM), and Classification Web tool of Library of Congress. Librarianship Studies Blog will also highlight the history, development, and techniques of providing classification number using Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC).

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