• a very brief intro to classification

• mccabe's reference collection: a guided tour

• reference book show and tell (+ dinner)

research & rescue planning

Go to this link:


(or, if this isn't working, go to web.archive.org and enter "dir.yahoo.com")

What is the Yahoo Directory?


What does (well, did) it do?


What is it for?


"Criss-crossed with categories, the library is a highly classified space that contains representations of reality within a rigorous structure that is informed by and productive of other social spaces and identities."

(Drabinski, 2009)


categories + classification //

"...Where subject headings fix books in stable intellectual space, call numbers fix them in physical space. Each subject heading is correlated with a number that places the book in linear order on library shelves.

categories + classification //

This is an inescapable material constraint; each book can occupy one and only one space on a library shelf."

(Drabinski, 2009)



categories + classification // 

not always straightforward...


reference stacks tour!

thanks pam


  • what even is reference?!

  • layout + tour
  • choose a reference book or two to bring upstairs (see classification schedule)

reference source evaluation //

while eating, consider...

  • what is the intended audience/purpose of the work?
  • how is the information organized?
  • who is/are the authors? where did their info come from?
  • how current is the source?
  • who is the publisher?

research & rescue //

mccabe video & computer classrooms // wednesday, november 30, 6:30-10pm


  • can you attend?

  • for how long?

  • what foods should we buy?

  • advertisement

    • facebook event

    • swarthmore calendar event?

    • flyers?

    • individual depts + profs?


Top Secret photo  https://www.flickr.com/photos/nauright/5098953798/

RIAs 2016-11-22

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