LC’s Thomas Mann on LC-commissioned report recommending elimination of LCSH
The Library of Congress Professional Guild writes…
In “The Changing Nature of the Catalog and Its Integration with Other Discovery Tools,” Karen Calhoun recommends the elimination of Library of Congress subject headings and the establishment of “fast turnaround” time as the “gold standard” in cataloging.
In his critical review of the Calhoun report, Thomas Mann, a veteran reference librarian and author of The Oxford Guide to Library Research, argues that, if implemented, the recommendations in this report would have serious negative consequences for the capacity of research libraries to promote scholarly research.
Read Dr. Mann’s essay on the AFSCME 2910 (LC Professional Guild) website at http://guild2910.org/AFSCMECalhounReviewREV.pdf