ALCTS webinar: Introduction to Sears Subject Headings: Part I on November 10, 2010


ALCTS webinar: Introduction to Sears Subject Headings: I

Date: November 10, 2010

Time: All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 2pm Eastern, 1pm Central, noon Mountain, and 11am Pacific Time.

A second session on Sears Subject Headings will be held December 8, 2010.

Description: Do you use bibliographic records with Sears Subject Headings either in technical services or references services and want to better understand the headings? Did you miss studying Sears in library school and want to broaden your subject understanding? Sears Subject Headings are widely used in bibliographic records in small public and school libraries, especially for children and youth. Take this one hour webinar to understand how Sears organizes subject categories and hierarchical subject subdivisions. Get tips on using Sears in your own library. Even if you’ve never taken a cataloging class, this webinar will introduce you to the principles of the Sears, including natural language use and direct order of topics. The subject structure and four types of headings are covered: topical, form, geographic, and proper names. You’ll understand why Sears Subject Headings are used as a model “for the creation of headings as needed.”

Presenter: Sara Rofofsky Marcus is the Electronic Resources /Web Librarian at Queensborough Community College.  In 2009 she received a Samuel Lazerow Fellowship for research on Sears subject headings and she is currently completing this research.   In 2009/2010 she also received the Professional Staff Congress of the City University of New York (PSC-CUNY) grant to study the Sears List.  She has taught cataloging and classification at Queens College and Rutgers University and has cataloged and automated libraries using both LCSH and Sears.

Audience: These webinars will be of interest to anyone interested in learning more about subject cataloging with a focus on the Sears List as opposed to LCSH. No expertise is needed. School librarians, special librarians with general materials in their collections, public librarians, and anyone who just wants to know more about subject headings and  cataloging will benefit from these two webinars.

To Register, complete the online registration form at for the session you would like to attend.

Group Rates – ALCTS Members & Non-Members: $99
Individuals – ALCTS Members: $39; Non-Members: $49
Participants outside the United States may register at the ALCTS member rate.
Register for the November 10 and December 8 sessions: SAVE $16
$62 for ALCTS members, $82 for non-members, and $182 for groups

The one-time fee includes unlimited access to the webinar recording.

For questions about registration, contact Tom Ferren, ALA Senior Registration Coordinator at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 4293 or