Monday, September 28, 2009

Subject Headings that RAWK

Limited and boring subject headings means your desired item will show up in a sea of boring, unrelated, equally poorly cataloged items.  But if you use sparkly subject headings like these, and if more librarians KNOW about them, your delightful and fantastic item will show up with its equally delightful and fantastic peers.

Handbooks, Vade-mecums, etc.
(the etc. just slays could be anything...Toadstools, Ink Pens, Large Orange Pants)
These are items intended to be carried with you at all times, an indispensible tool/font of knowledge. 
Some examples:
What? what? what? astounding, weird, wonderful and just plain unbelievable facts
Author Thomas, Lyn
ISBN 1894379519 Publication Date c2003 Publisher Maple Tree Press
Physical Description print 128 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.

Life's big instruction book : the almanac of indispensable information
Author Madigan, Carol Orsag.
ISBN 0446517577
Publication Date c1994 Publisher Warner Books
Physical Description print xxv, 881 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.

Eccentrics and Eccentricities

True Brits : a tour of Great Britain in all its bog-snorkelling, shin-kicking, and cheese-rolling glory
Author Daeschner, J. R.
ISBN 158567656X
Publication Date 2005 Publisher Overlook Press Physical Description print 338 p. : ill., 1 map ; 21 cm.
I'd agree that those sound like eccentric activities.  We have a Redneck Games here in Dublin, Georgia, where there is a bit of mud puddle jumping.

Bachelor brothers' bed & breakfast pillow book
Author Richardson, Bill
ISBN 155054439X
Publication Date c1995 Publisher Douglas & McIntyre Physical Description print 194 p. : ill. ; 22 cm.
The records in PINES (our statewide catalog) doesn't say much but this is a non-fiction title, has had many editions and pressings and shows up in multiple records.  So I assume it is quite eccentric.

Essence, Genius, Nature

I got this one from a book I'm using for this study called Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond by Kornegay, Rebecca, Heidi E. Buchanan and Hildegard B. Morgan.  Published by the ALA in 2009.

It sounds very cool and if you are a religious person you can use it to narrow down what you are looking for in terms of spiritual writings, such as

God is a verb : Kabbalah and the practice of mystical Judaism
Author Cooper, David A.
ISBN 1573226947 Publication Date 1998, c1997 Publisher Riverhead Books

But I'm not religious and this term is limited to such, it seems.

These are coming-of-age stories and I generally like them.  Just a personal choice, plus it's a cool word.

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