Subject analysis class syllabus for warsaw


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  1. 1. Subject Analysis Richard Sapon-White, Instructor Proposed Syllabus for Fulbright Grant at University of Warsaw1 DescriptionThis course provides an overview of concepts and practice in subject analysis for libraryscience students who have already had exposure to cataloging and classification basics.Beginning with a look at Functional Requirements of Subject Authority Data (FRSAD),the course will cover the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LSCH) and Library ofCongress Classification (LCCS) in detail, although other thesauri and classificationsystems will be included for comparison. Authority control practices and programs in theUnited States, such as SACO (Subject Authority COoperative program), are covered aswell. The language of instruction will be English.2 ObjectivesBy the end of the course, students should have a thorough understanding of subjectanalysis principles and be able to apply them. This includes: • An understanding of the cognitive processes subject catalogers use in subject analysis • The ability to analyze the subject content of information resources in preparation for subject heading assignment and classification • Comprehension of the semantic and syntactic structure of LCSH and other subject thesauri • An understanding of the theory of subject classification, knowledge of the variety of classification systems in use, and specific practice in the application of LCCS • Familiarity with the representation of subjects in MARC bibliographic and authority records 1
  2. 2. 3 Course WorkStudents will be expected to attend all lectures and online demonstrations, participate inclass discussions, assigned readings, and complete in-class exercises and homeworkassignments. The five homework exercises will include 1. annotation of the subject access fields of MARC records, 2. assignment of subject headings for fifteen information resources, 3. assignment of complete call numbers for fifteen information resources, 4. development of a subject authority proposal, and 5. a short paper comparing two subject heading or classification systems.Each student must do his/her own work! Plagiarism – passing off as your own the workof someone else – will not be tolerated. For the final paper in particular, do not copyanother author’s words. All papers must consist of the student’s own words.If a student wishes, the final paper will be corrected and edited for English grammar andspelling, but the extent of mistakes will not impact the grade for the paper. However, thereport must be written in a clear way as to enable a native English speaker to understandit.Grading5 homework assignments @ 18% each 90%Attendance and classroom participation 10%Calendar of Class SessionsAll PowerPoint presentations will be posted to SlideShare ( Begins Class Description1 8 pazdz. Topics: Introduction: Definitions and Basic Concepts Assignments for next week: a. Read FRSAD, p. 6-38; Chapter 3, Olson and Boll2 15 Topic: FRSAD; Subject Analysis as a Cognitive Process pazdz. Assignments for next week: a. Read Chapter 6, p. 111-120, Olson and Boll3 22 Topics: Subject Analysis: Subject Heading Principles pazdz. Assignments for next week: a. Read Chapter 6, p. 121-130, Olson and Boll4 29 Topics: Library of Congress Subject Headings, Part 1: pazdz. • Forms of headings • Subdivisions Assignments for next week: a. Read Chapter 6, p. 131-141, Olson and Boll5 5 listop. Topic: Library of Congress Subject Headings, Part 2: 2
  3. 3. • Cross references • Special subjects and types of materials Assignments for next week: a. Read Chapter 6, p. 142-150, Olson and Boll6 12 Topics: Other Thesauri listop. • Sears • MESH • Art and Architecture Thesaurus Assignments for next week: a. Read Chapter 7, Olson and Boll7 19 Topics: Subject Analysis: Classification Principles listop. Assignments for next week: a. Read Chapter 8, p. 248-261, Olson and Boll8 26 Topics: Library of Congress Classification; Demo of Classification listop. Plus9 3 grudz. Topics: Shelflisting and filing rules Assignments for next week: a. Read Chapter 8, p. 209-240, Olson and Boll10 10 grudz. Topics: Other classification systems: • Dewey Decimal Classification • Universal Decimal Classification • Bliss’s Bibliographic Classification • Colon Classification Assignments for next week: a. Read Chapter 11, Olson and Boll11 17 grudz. Topics: Catalog Displays and Retrieval • Subject authority records • Maintenance of subject authority control in online systems • FAST: Faceted Application of Subject Terminology12 7 stycz. Topics: Subject Retrieval in Digital Libraries, Part 113 14 stycz. Topics: Subject Retrieval in Digital Libraries, Part 214 21 stycz. Cooperative Cataloging and Subject Authority Control • National cooperative efforts: Program for Cooperative Cataloging and SACO • Bibliographic utilities: the role of OCLC • International cooperation: IFLA 3
  4. 4. 4 Required TextOlson, Hope A., and John J. Boll. Subject Analysis in Online Catalogs, 2nd ed.Englewood, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 2001.5 Supplementary Texts and ReferencesBerman, Sanford. Prejudices and Antipathies: A Tract on the LC Subject HeadsConcerning People. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1993.Basic Subject Cataloging Using LCSH. Washington, D.C.: ALCTS/SAC-PCC/SCT JointInitiative on Subject Training Materials, 2007.Broughton, Vanda. Essential Classification. New York: Neal-Schuman, 2004.Broughton, Vanda. Essential Thesaurus Construction. London : Facet, 2006.Chan, Lois Mai. Library of Congress Subject Headings. 4th ed. Westport, Conn:Libraries Unlimited, 2005.Chan, Lois Mai. A Guide to the Library of Congress Classification. 5th ed. Englewood,Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1999.Cutter, Charles A. Rules for a Dictionary Catalog. 4th ed. Washington: GovernmentPrinting Office, 1904.Dean, Rebecca. "FAST: Development of Simplified Headings for Metadat " Paperpresented at Authority Control: Definition and International Experiences, InternationalConference, Florence, Italy, February 10-12, 2003. Available online:, Deborah A. Cataloging with AACR2 and MARC21: For books, electronicresources, sound recordings, videorecordings, and serials. 2006 cumulation, 2nd rev. ed.Chicago, IL: ALA Editions, 2007.Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD): A Conceptual Model.Edited by Marcia Lei Zeng, Maja Žumer, Athena Salaba. New York: De Gruyter Saur,2011. Future of Subdivisions in the Library of Congress Subject Headings System: Reportfrom the Subject Subdivisions Conference Sponsored by the Library of Congress, May 9-12, 1991. Edited by Martha OHara Conway. Washington, D.C.: Cataloging DistributionService, Library of Congress, 1992.Hunter, Eric J. Classification Made Simple. 3rd ed. Burlington, Vt.: Ashgate, 2009. 4
  5. 5. Mann, Thomas. Library Research Models: A Guide to Classification, Cataloging, andComputers. New York: Oxford University Press, 1993.Mcilwaine, I.C. The Universal Decimal Classification: Guide to Its Use. The Hague:UDC Consortium, 2000.Program for Cooperative Cataloging Home Page., Jaya and Reggie Raju. Descriptive and subject cataloguing: a workbook. Oxford:Chandos, 2006.Sauperl, Alenka. Subject Determination during the Cataloging Process. Lanham, Md.:Scarecrow Press, 2002.Subject access: preparing for the future. Edited by Patrice Landry, Leda Bultrini,Edward T. ONeill and Sandra K. Roe. Berlin: De Gruyter Saur, 2011.Taylor, Arlene G. The Organization of Information. Englewood, Colo.: LibrariesUnlimited, 1999.Taylor, Arlene G. Introduction to Cataloging and Classification. 10th ed. Westport,Conn.: Libraries Unlimited, 2006.Theory of Subject Analysis: A Sourcebook. Edited by Lois Mai Chan, Phyllis Richmond,and Elaine Svenonius. Littleton, Colo.: Libraries Unlimited, 1985.6 Subject Cataloging ToolsBibliographic Formats and Standards. 3rd ed. Dublin, Ohio: OCLC Online ComputerLibrary Center, 2003. Available: Classification Outline. Washington, D.C., Library of Congress, Subject CatalogingDivision, 1998- [Continuously updated]. of Congress Classification: Classes A-Z. [various editions] Washington, D.C.:Cataloging Distribution Service, Library of Congress, 1933- .Library of Congress Subject Headings. Washington. D.C.: Cataloging DistributionService, Library of Congress. Latest ed.MARC 21 Format for Authority Data; Including Guidelines for Content Designation.Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, 1999. (1v.,looseleaf); MARC 21 Concise Format for Authority Data, available: 5
  6. 6. MARC 21 Format for Bibliographic Data: Including Guidelines for ContentDesignation. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service,1999, 2 v.; MARC 21 Concise Format for Bibliographic Data, available: 21 Format for Classification Data: Including Guidelines for ContentDesignation. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service,1999. (1 v., looseleaf); MARC 21 Concise Format for Classification Data, available: Participants Manual (written by Adam L. Schiff for the PCC). 2nd ed.Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Cataloging Distribution Service, 2007.Available: and Shelflisting Manual. Prepared by the Cataloging Policy and SupportOffice, Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Cataloging Distribution Service, Libraryof Congress, 2008-Subject Headings Manual. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Cataloging Policyand Support Office, 2008-Understanding MARC: Bibliographic. Washington, D.C.: Library of CongressCataloging Distribution Service, 2003.Also available: 6