Subject Analysis

This semester one of my two classes is LIS 419 – Subject Analysis, with Candy Schwartz. This class covers indexing and abstracting, and everyone in it has to complete a big project. You either have to create a thesaurus, or you have to create an index.

I was initially at a loss as to what to do. I had one idea that wasn’t going to work, but then luckily someone from the Congregational Library came knocking at Candy’s door, looking for a student to update an index that was originally created in LIS 419 – in 1989! The Congregational Library is a small special library downtown (right across the street from the Massachusetts State House) that focuses on American Congregationalism and religious history. The index is for The Bulletin, a periodical that they put out containing historical essays and news about the library. They’d like their index updated to include the issues that aren’t in it, and they want the whole thing put into an Access database. I can do that!

At the end of the semester, we have to do a “culminating thing” about our project that documents the process and the output. This can be a poster or a presentation, and I am going to do a presentation. Since I have to document all of this, and since I have a blog that purports to (sometimes) be about librarianship, I figured I would do that here. If you are so inclined there are some more pictures on flickr, some of which may later be swapped out for scans.

One thought on “Subject Analysis

  1. That sounds like a really cool class, and a great project. The thesaurus-creating, indexing, database-loving geek part of me is looking forward to seeing your progress 🙂

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