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LCSH suggestion Blog-a-Thon

Is there a cataloger in the house?! The fine folks over at radical reference are having a Library of Congress Subject Heading Suggestion Blog-a-Thon. Between now and Sunday, April 27, you can suggest subject headings and/or cross-references which will then be compiled and sent to the Library of Congress. Uber-cataloger Sandy Berman has been doing this for years, so it’s great to see others taking on the challenge of collaborative subject description!

Some time between now and Sunday, April 27 at 6pm Eastern:

  1. Select one or more subject headings or cross-references to suggest
  2. Provide material to support your suggestion (in the form of a link and excerpted text/image)
  3. Blog it somewhere (your own site; Radical Reference–if you’re a registered and authenticated user on the site, you can create your own blog post, if not, just make it a comment to this post; an online file sharing service like Google Docs or Zoho)
  4. Tag it for del.icio.us: rr_lcsh2008 and for:radical_reference. If you don’t have a delicious account email me, and I’ll tag it for you.
  5. If you are suggesting a subject heading not previously submitted to LC (e.g. not on Sandy’s scorecard), also submit your proposal to the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.
  6. For discussion and help, join the Meebo and/or Skype chat,which will be active on Sunday from 4-6 ET for sure, and other times, as staffed.
  7. If you are in the NYC area, you can come to the ABC No Rio Computer Center on Manhattan’s Lower East Side for some in person collaboration.
  8. We will email a link to the tagged items to LC, print out a copy of each blog post and mail it to Sandy, and we’re kinda hoping that the members of the RADCAT (radical cataloging) discussion list will consider entering some of the suggested headings properly into the proposal form

Not just blogs: Blogger of the month bios

Although this is actually about blogs (!), I’d like to continue our “not just blogs” series by highlighting Blogger of the month biographies. This page is linked from our FGI library. Go to the BOTM biographies page to check out bios of Cindi Wolff, Jessamyn West, Kris Kasianovitz, Peggy Garvin, Shane Mackey, Tim Skeers, our current BOTM.

Bloggers of the month (AKA BOTM) are our attempt to expand the discussion going on on FGI. Each month since April, 2006, we invite a guest to post whatever s/he wants — loosely having to do with govt information of course! We hope that by giving others a chance to post to FGI, we’ll start conversations and share ideas that perhaps wouldn’t be posted or were missed by regular FGI volunteers (Jim Jacobs, Daniel Cornwall, Shinjoung Yeo and James Jacobs). We hope you enjoy the variety.

If anyone would like to be BOTM in the future, please contact us at admin AT freegovinfo DOT info. BOTM’s get showered with fame (but no fortune 😉 ) and our eternal gratitude. We hope some of our readers will consider being a BOTM. We know you’re dying to become a blogger!