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SEARS 16: SEARS List of Subject Headings: A Practical Introduction for Indian Students

M.P. Satija (Author)
Synopsis The Sears is a long list as well as mechine to coin subject headings. Learning to deftly operate the machine makes the SH work stimulating and intellectually challenging. Therefore, the book aims at the working cataloguers to explore the hidden vast capacity to turn out subject headings; and to explain the subtleties and nuances of the system. It might encourage the cataloguers from non-western cultures to explore and adapt Sears to coin headings suited to their culture and literature. At the same time the Sears systems has many inconsistencies and omissions. Many clarifications are explicitly needed. For example, are the topical subdivisions applicable to the narrower terms or the headings derived according to SA instructions? Thereis no explicit statement to make a language family name a subject heading. Above all, just like any other subject analysis tool the Sears in inherently biased towards Western (dominantly American), Christian and Capitalistic culture. For example, heading for unmarried mothers/fathers, Single Parent family, or children of divorced parents are there, for which no literature is available in India. But child marriage, which is a current concern in India, finds no mention in the list. This workbook with so many explanations and illustrations aims to help the cataloguers and students to have a joyous times working with the Sears to analyse and represent knowledge and appreciate its flexibility to coin standard subject headings for Indian libraries.
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About the author

M.P. Satija

Mohinder Pratap Satija, currently a Professor in Library and Information Science in the Guru Nanak Dev University. Amritsar, is in the library profession for last three decades. As an author of more than twenty books, about 100 papers and 150 book reviews published in Indian and foreign library journals, he has collaborated with international experts in Indian and foreign library journals, he has collaborated with international experts in India and abroad. His works have been translated in Hindi, Spanish, German and French. His major contribution lies in enriching the library science literature and many bibliometric studies have found him a prolific author. Having done his Ph.D. on Ranganathan studies, he has been instrumental in interpreting and propagating Ranganathan’s works and ideas to the new generation of librarians. He has visited Germany, France, Finland, England, Nepal, the Netherlands and Belgium in connection with professional work. He is associated with many professional journals such as Information Management Report (Bowker-Saur, UK), Library Times International (USA), the Lucknow Librarian (India) Ranganathan REsearch Bulletin (India) and Knowledge Organisation (USA)/Germany). He is the Indian Co-ordinator of the International Society for Knowledge Organisation (ISKO) (USA). Dr. Satija is a life member of many library and information science associations and has delivered lectures in many universities. He served as a Visiting Fellow for three months in Maastricht MeLuhan Institute, University of Maastricht in the summer of 1999, and is an advisor to the Harrod’s Librarian’s Glossary (Gower, UK). He is member, Advisory Board of the International Yearbook of Library and Information Science (S. Chand & Co., Delhi). As trustee of the Professor Kaula Endowment for Library Science, he has actively contributed for its development.

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Title SEARS 16: SEARS List of Subject Headings: A Practical Introduction for Indian Students
Author M.P. Satija
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2000
Edition 1st Ed.
Language: English
isbn 8170228441
length 164p.