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Saturday, June 18 • 8:00am - 8:50am
Filling in the Gaps: Creating New LC Subject Headings and Classification Numbers—or, SACO for ATLA

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Most theological librarians have encountered the situation where Library of Congress subject headings do not quite specify what is needed. The general-purpose Library of Congress subject headings have gaps that show up when working with materials in a special-purpose (theological) library. Similarly, a cataloger attempting to classify a new item may have trouble finding the perfect fit in the existing classification schedule. There is a need to “fill in the gaps” by creating new subject headings and new classification numbers. The Library of Congress permits (and encourages) this task through the international cooperative effort of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), specifically the Subject Authority Cooperative Program (SACO).

This listen-and-learn session will present a miniworkshop on creating proposals for new and changed Library of Congress subject headings, as well as proposals for new and changed Library of Congress classification numbers. The session will present a proposal for how ATLA members can participate by the creation of an ATLA SACO funnel. Attendees will learn how, when, and where to make proposals that will benefit all theological libraries, allowing better access to our theological resources.


Richard A. Lammert

Technical Services Librarian, Concordia Theological Seminary

Saturday June 18, 2016 8:00am - 8:50am
Shoreline A

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