LC Subject Headings are Dead

Though sometimes unable to keep opinions to myself at meetings (I know, you are shocked beyond compare), I generally behave myself in public. However, I have to do this at the next Reference meeting. I can picture it now. It would be more hilarious than terrifying space monkeys and more destructive than a trained ape, without the training.

On a small serious note: What is really the harm of allowing tagging? Are we afraid that a simple tagging structure might be more effective and make more sense to our users than headings that look like this “United States — History — Civil War, 1861-1865 — Participation, African American”? Are we just afraid to learn something new? What are we afraid of?

Jane, *grins a wicked grin*