Category Archives: in-class exercises

The First Lady Collection: Stories of Women, Strength, and Courage

Information Tasks:
1. Which items in the collection focus on women during wartime?
2. List the items in the collection that could be described as autobiographies or memoirs.


Whittaker and Edwards Van Gogh Collection (Preview)

We are still adding metadata but wanted to make the collection available in case anyone wants to take a look.  Click on the link below and then on the  name of a drawing or painting (on the navigation bar) to view that record.


Katie and Jillian’s Subject Analysis Group Exercise

The website,, was created by The Strong Museum of Play, a museum centered on collections and play.  The doll collection, compiled by Margaret Woodbury Strong, consists of four categories:

  • dolls manufactured before 1950
  • dolls manufactured after 1950
  • Barbie dolls, and
  • Paper dolls.

The website provides broad historical information on each category of dolls and was created to publicize the museum’s doll collection and encourage visitors to the museum.  The historical descriptions include the origins of various dolls from Germany, France, England, and the United States.

Controlled vocabulary:  Barbie Doll, doll history, Doll Collection, Doll Museum, Museum of Play, paper dolls

Subject Headings:

                Dolls – Private collections

                Children’s Museums


                Barbie dolls

                Paper dolls


Katie and Jillian

Michele and Heather’s Subject Analysis Exercise!


1. Analyze the Information Resource

Overall Discipline – Art

Intended Audience: Students of Art History, Art Researchers, Art Historians

What is the purpose of the Information resource: Education on the work of Vincent Van Gogh

What does it accomplish: Provides in-depth information on the works of Vincent Van Gogh from drawings to paintings.

What questions does it answer: What works comprise the Van Gogh catalogue raisonne.


Identify the important topics or concepts in the information resource:

Van Gogh’s oeuvre from Juvenilia to his death.

The topics include: paintings, drawings, sketches, watercolors, graphic works, letter sketches, letters to Theo, multimedia, etc.

Identify the form or genre: Website


2. This source is a website pertaining to the biography and artworks of Vincent van Gogh, one of the most famous Dutch art masters of Impressionism in the 19th century. A comprehensive archive of his paintings, letters, drawings, and watercolors are included, often with a picture. The website also has extensive resources related to van Gogh, including multimedia (books and films), auctions, exhibitions, and even information about controversies involving possible fake works.


3. Dutch art

            Painting, Dutch—19th century

Vincent van Gogh

Gogh, Vincent van (1853-1890) (name authority file)


Biography—19th century


Impressionism (Art)

19th century

Nineteenth century

Michael and Jacky Subject Analysis Exercise

Integrated Taxonomic Information System

The ITIS website is a resource that contains all taxonomic information about the five kingdoms of life (Monera, Protista, Plantae, Fungi, and Animalia) that are found in North America. The intended audience for this resource is anyone who needs reliable, verified taxonomic information/hierarchical classifications of North American botanical and zoological life. The information is current and reviewed periodically for accuracy.

LC Subject Headings:

North America

Plants – Classification

Animals – Classification

Biology – Classification






Hailey & Amelia Subject Analysis

Hailey & Amelia is an online seller of office supplies that is intended for customers looking to purchase and research different products. The website provides information about its products such as price, availability, size, and overall product design. Within the website, items are divided into categories and then more detailed sub-categories. Images of the products are an important attribute of the website as a way to appeal to users and provide them with further details about the products. For example, images of different types of office chairs are available to aid in the decision making process.


LCSH Terms:

Office equipment and supplies

Online shopping

Product design

Office decoration

Office furniture



Online seller > product design > office supplies > office chairs

Subject Analysis

Kate Chronister

Diana Sapanaro

This resource is about the benefits of parents cooking with children. It lists ten different reasons that parents should include their children in their cooking, including the development of the brain and motor skills. They also mention how children will learn new vocabulary and food knowledge, which is important to what our collection is trying to convey regarding children and their need for information about tools and foods.

LC Subject Headings:

Parent and Child




Motor Ability in Children

Word Recognition


Assignment 1: Michael and Jacky

Collection Title: The Insect Zoo


User Groups:

Group 1: Elementary school kids

Our primary group includes school children in kindergarten through 5th grade (ages 5 to 11).  The students can use the Insect Zoo collection to learn introductory Biology, and to foster their fascination with the natural world.  While they are exploring images and sounds of various insects, they will also be able to read information, and start to learn about the scientific classification of insects.


Group 2: Amateur entomologists (insect aficionados)

This group will include anyone who enjoys learning about and exploring insects.  They can use the collection as a reference for their explorations.  Whether they are looking for the taxonomy for the cricket they have captured from the backyard, or want to compare their cricket’s chirp to the sounds of other insects in the Orthoptera order, the Insect Zoo will provide the information they need.


Chief Source of Information:

The Encyclopedia of Life (  This is a free online resource, which brings together information about all life on Earth.  While entries about all of life are still being compiled, the available entries are comprehensive and sourced from reputable institutions.


Elements of Bibliographic Description:

We will include each insects name, sex, age, habitat, dimensions, date of acquisition, and its’ scientific classification by kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, species, and binomial name.


Information tasks:

Task 1: Find two insects you want to learn more about.  Discuss what is similar and different about them.


Task 2: Find all of the insects from the Orthoptera order.


Task 3: Choose one insect and find out what species, genus, family, and order it belongs to. Discuss with your teacher what each of these categories means.


Catalog or Retrieval Tool:

We will create a digital collection index via an interactive website, which lists and links to pages about various insects.  This way, our user groups will be able to explore each insect in depth, through descriptions, images, and sound files.



Tumblr.  We chose Tumblr because it allows us to create an index based website, and to use meta tags, which connect the posts together by tag.