Subject Headings Behind the Scenes

  • Duration: 57 minutes
  • Date Recorded: October 14, 2020


Title: Subject Headings Behind the Scenes


  • Oksana Osborne, Librarian (Technical Services), GPO


Have you ever wondered how subject headings are chosen for catalog records or why they are worded the way they are? This session will dispel mysteries about how GPO selects and applies Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms (LCGFT). Topics include headings and terms commonly used for Government information dissemination products; how to interpret headings; quality control measures at GPO; and tips for searching the Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (GGP). We will also look at GPO’s creation of new LCSH and LCGFT as a member of the Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO).

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