About-ness, revisited

One method that is helping teach the concept of subject analysis is having the Project Cataloging Assistants assign subjects to their records using natural language.  This will allow me at first to add subject headings to some records during my review, while still allowing the them to get through records before mastering Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH).  It will also help teach the concepts of identifying what something is truly about without getting bogged down on the controlled vocabulary of LCSH.  Once the Project Cataloging Assistants are used to thinking in terms of what things are truly about, we can then take those natural language terms and begin translating them into LCSH terms.

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