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Online Doc ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group Meeting ALA Annual 2017 -- June 24

by Magda El-Sherbini on Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 09:41 am

ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group Meeting

ALA Annual 2017

The Faceted Subject Access Interest Group (FSAIG) provides a forum to discuss the theory and use of vocabularies designed for faceted subject access. Join us in Chicago to hear three presentations involving the Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST) headings.

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Hilton Chicago, Continental B

 

ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group Meeting

ALA Annual 2017

The Faceted Subject Access Interest Group (FSAIG) provides a forum to discuss the theory and use of vocabularies designed for faceted subject access. Join us in Chicago to hear three presentations involving the Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST) headings.

 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

4:30 – 5:30 pm

Hilton Chicago, Continental B

 

OCLC FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) Project Update

Eric Childress, Consulting Community Manager, OCLC Research

The latest update from the OCLC FAST Project.

 

FAST and improving Resource Discoverability for Non-Roman Language Collections

Magda El-Sherbini, Head of Collection Description and Access Department, Ohio State University

Providing subject access to non-English materials using Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) is a challenge not only for catalogers, but also for users who don’t know the structure of the LCSH. In many cases, the terms used in the LCSH are not equivalent in meaning to those in non-English languages. The current practice of OCLC to convert the LCSH to FAST terms opens new possibilities for improving resource discoverability and access to non-English collections. The presentation will address the following questions:

--Can MARC21 records be utilized to display non-English subject terms in the integrated library system (ILS)?

--To maximize discoverability of materials, can non-English terms be linked to FAST subject terms?

--Can users search the library catalog by subject terms in their preferred languages, e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, or French?

 

FAST Times in Digital Repository Metadata Remediation

Rachel Jaffe, Metadata Librarian, University of California, Santa Cruz

Presently the Metadata Services department at UC Santa Cruz is engaged in a digital repository metadata remediation project in anticipation of both a possible DAMS migration and a transition to linked data. As part of our effort to control and reconcile the controlled, uncontrolled and out-of-control vocabulary terms appearing in our metadata, we are exploring the viability, feasibility and impacts of mapping our LC and other subject terms to FAST. Key issues that have arisen include:

--End user tasks:  How do want to deal with our pre-coordinated LC headings?  How will un-coordinating them impact search and retrieval?  Do we want to replace LC terms with FAST, or provide both?

--Workflow:  How do we train catalogers to assign FAST headings?  Should catalogers supply FAST headings, or is it more expedient to use automated processes (e.g. OpenRefine, MarcEdit or OCLC’s tools) to convert assigned LC headings?  How do we work around the limitations of particular tools?

--Community:  What are other institutions doing?  Has there been any assessment?  Is faceted access just a trend or are we adding value?  Is that value long-term value?

 

How to get FAST fast? Automating LCSH to FAST heading conversion with FAST Linked Data API

Lucas Mak, Metadata and Catalog Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries

Lisa Lorenzo, Metadata Librarian, Michigan State University Libraries

Within the Michigan State University Libraries’ Islandora digital repository, metadata development and maintenance is informed by best practices for discoverability and interface usability and design. Together, these factors led the MSUL digital repository team to implement FAST heading usage across all collections in the repository. FAST headings allow for succinct subject description and intuitive faceting as well as a cleaner display than complex, compound subject strings. In addition to use in display, FAST headings also lend themselves to conversion to linked data formats due to their more accurate assignment of URIs to individual subject strings.

In order to realize these benefits, an XSLT process was developed to convert LCSHs in metadata records into corresponding FAST headings utilizing OCLC’s FAST Linked Data API. An additional conversion was implemented specifically for the ProQuest’s UMI topical headings in our ETD collection. On top of the FAST subject string, URIs were also captured to enable our linked data experiment with schema.org and JSON-LD.

 

 

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Online Doc FSAIG Presentations from Annual Conference 2016

by Sarah Wallbank on Tue, Jul 5, 2016 at 12:04 pm

Access to the presentations given at the Faceted Subject Access Interest Group meeting at Annual 2016 in Orlando, Florida is provided below:

Thurstan Young's slides from the presentation, FAST at the British Library, are attached below.

The presentation on Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms by Netanel Ganin, The People were Divided, is available here.

Access to the presentations given at the Faceted Subject Access Interest Group meeting at Annual 2016 in Orlando, Florida is provided below:

Thurstan Young's slides from the presentation, FAST at the British Library, are attached below.

The presentation on Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms by Netanel Ganin, The People were Divided, is available here.

OCLC's update on the FAST Project is available on the Subject Analysis Committee page.

 

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Online Doc FSAIG program at Annual 2016 in Orlando

by Susan Wynne on Wed, Jun 8, 2016 at 10:54 am

Faceted Subject Access Interest Group Meeting

ALA Annual 2016

The Faceted Subject Access Interest Group (FSAIG) provides a forum to discuss the theory and applications related to subject terminology intended for faceted application.  In Orlando, we’ll hear a report on the British Library’s recent consultation on subject indexing and classification standards, as well as an update from OCLC on the FAST Project. Then join in a lively group discussion on the new Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms!

Faceted Subject Access Interest Group Meeting

ALA Annual 2016

The Faceted Subject Access Interest Group (FSAIG) provides a forum to discuss the theory and applications related to subject terminology intended for faceted application.  In Orlando, we’ll hear a report on the British Library’s recent consultation on subject indexing and classification standards, as well as an update from OCLC on the FAST Project. Then join in a lively group discussion on the new Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms!

 Please join us Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 4:30-5:30 pm in the Orange County Convention Center, Room W103B. Add us to your schedule: http://www.eventscribe.com/2016/ala-annual/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=143263

 British Library Consultation on Subject Indexing and Classification standards applied by the British Library

Thurstan Young, Collection Metadata Analyst, Metadata Standards, British Library

 Thurstan Young will provide a report on the Library’s proposals regarding the Subject Indexing and Classification standards it applies. This will include an overview of the recent consultation to assess the impact on stakeholders should the Library implement FAST in place of LCSH, or selectively adopt abridged Dewey.

OCLC FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) Update

Eric Childress, Consulting Project Manager, OCLC

Group Discussion: “Jewish Men Librarians” is not in LCSH

Led by Netanel Ganin, Metadata Coordinator – Hebrew Specialty, Brandeis University

 When a resource is about a specific group of people, with one or more intersecting identities, LCSH demands that we construct the entire group as an authorized term. (Example: "Gay men, White" has three identities in a single string)

 In effect, this not only creates a great deal of bloat (filling LCSH with every possible intersection of identities) but also means that the vast majority of terms that may be needed are not available because they haven't been created yet.

 Looking at the newly minted Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT), shows the potential for a creating an authorized heading for each piece of an identity and then post-coordinating them together as needed.

 

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Online Doc ALCTS CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee program: Pre-Coordinate vs Post-Coordinate Subject Access

by Susan Wynne on Fri, May 13, 2016 at 09:20 am

The Faceted Subject Access Interest Group is co-sponsoring the Subject Analysis Committee's program at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando.

Pre-Coordinate vs Post-Coordinate Subject Access: The Pros and Cons and a Real-Life Experience

Monday, June 27

1:00-2:30 PM

Orange County Convention Center, Room W203

The Faceted Subject Access Interest Group is co-sponsoring the Subject Analysis Committee's program at ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando.

Pre-Coordinate vs Post-Coordinate Subject Access: The Pros and Cons and a Real-Life Experience

Monday, June 27

1:00-2:30 PM

Orange County Convention Center, Room W203

Most catalogers assign pre-coordinated subject strings such as Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) or Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). However, many catalog users use keyword searching rather than browsing subject indexes catalogers provide. The first speaker will discuss the general pros and cons of pre- vs post- coordinate subject access; the second, why NLM decided to go with post-coordination internally in 1998, but continued to provide pre-coordination for subscribers to its data until 2016. Sponsored by the ALCTS Cataloging and Metadata Management Section (CaMMS). Co-Sponsored by ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group.

 

Speakers: Peter Fletcher and Diane Boehr

Find it in the Scheduler: 

Pre-Coordinate vs Post-Coordinate Subject Access

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Online Doc Call for Proposals--ALA Annual 2016 in Orlando

by Susan Wynne on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 08:47 am

The ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group is soliciting proposals for presentations at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

The interest group meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 4:30-5:30 pm in the Orange County Convention Center, Room W103B.

We are looking for presentations on any aspect of faceted subject access, including, but not limited to:

--User studies on faceted subject use in the library catalog and/or discovery layer

The ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group is soliciting proposals for presentations at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando.

The interest group meeting is scheduled for Saturday, June 25, 2016 from 4:30-5:30 pm in the Orange County Convention Center, Room W103B.

We are looking for presentations on any aspect of faceted subject access, including, but not limited to:

--User studies on faceted subject use in the library catalog and/or discovery layer

--Use of faceted vocabularies in the catalog or other contexts. This could include the use of FAST headings (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology), or other vocabularies such as AAT (art and architecture thesaurus), LCGFT (Library of Congress genre/from terms), Medium of performance terms, and others

--Making use of FAST headings from WorldCat records in local catalogs and/or discovery layers

--Training staff, librarians, student workers, etc. to assign FAST (experiences, successes, problems, advice) or other faceted vocabularies

--Using OCLC's FAST prototype tools, i.e., searchFAST, assignFAST, mapFAST, and/or FAST converter

We are seeking presentations of 10-20 minutes in length.  Please send your proposed presentation topic and a brief description to interest group co-chairs Sarah Wallbank (wallbank@uci.edu) and Susan Wynne (swynne@gsu.edu) by May 17, 2016.

Sarah B. Wallbank

Electronic Resources & Serials Cataloging/Metadata Librarian UCI Libraries University of California, Irvine

949-824-4174

wallbank@uci.edu

Susan C. Wynne

Cataloging & Metadata Librarian

Georgia State University (Atlanta Campus)

100 Decatur Street SE

Atlanta, GA 30303

404-413-2729

swynne@gsu.edu

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Online Doc Presentations from Midwinter 2016 in Boston

by Susan Wynne on Fri, Jan 15, 2016 at 11:29 am

Presentations by Joelen Pastva and Allison Jai O'Dell to the Faceted Subject Access Interest Group at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston are attached below.

Online Doc Faceted Subject Access IG meeting at Midwinter 2016 in Boston

by Susan Wynne on Tue, Dec 8, 2015 at 09:51 am

The Faceted Subject Access Interest Group provides a forum to discuss the theory and applications related to subject terminology intended for faceted application.  In Boston, we’re featuring presentations on training non-catalogers to use FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) and using FAST to guide discovery. There will be plenty of time for discussion, so bring your questions and comments!

Please join us Saturday, January 9, 2016 in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 106, from 4:30-5:30 PM.

The Faceted Subject Access Interest Group provides a forum to discuss the theory and applications related to subject terminology intended for faceted application.  In Boston, we’re featuring presentations on training non-catalogers to use FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) and using FAST to guide discovery. There will be plenty of time for discussion, so bring your questions and comments!

Please join us Saturday, January 9, 2016 in the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Room 106, from 4:30-5:30 PM.

ALA Scheduler:  http://www.eventscribe.com/2016/ALA-Midwinter/fsPopup.asp?Mode=presInfo&PresentationID=127137

Program:

Simplified cataloging for non-catalogers through FAST

Joelen Pastva, Metadata/Catalog Librarian & Interim Database Maintenance Librarian, University of Illinois at Chicago

 Metadata creation for digital and manuscript collections at the University of Illinois at Chicago is often performed by non-expert catalogers. In past, major obstacles to the consistent use of controlled vocabulary terms were the frustration with the complexity of Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and a lack of time and resources to properly train staff to use them. This presentation will summarize the difficulties encountered by non-expert catalogers using LCSH and the analysis and discussion that led to the adoption of FAST as a user-friendly solution. It will also discuss steps taken to convert existing subject headings to FAST, implementation and training efforts, and close with a look at the perceived benefits of switching to FAST for catalogers and for the discovery of UIC's resources.

 “I need help and FAST!”:  Immediate Guided Search with the assignFAST Gadget

Allison Jai O’Dell, Metadata Librarian, University of Florida

 FAST is often used to guide discovery.  Many catalogs suggest FAST headings as limits to refine searches – but this implementation requires that a search has begun.  How can we guide users when they do not yet know what to look for, or when presented with a dauntingly empty search box?  The assignFAST gadget, which autocompletes with suggested headings in the search box, fills this need.  This presentation describes a pilot project at the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries to create an autocomplete catalog search interface with the assignFAST gadget.  This “fast” solution to guided search requires minimal programming, but has considerable impacts on research and library operations.  Users benefit from targeted search paths, while the library benefits from organized and meaningful search analytics.  This presentation will cover customization of the gadget for a front-end interface, a demonstration of the tool, user feedback, and library applications.

 Sarah Wallbank & Susan Wynne, co-chairs, Faceted Subject Access Interest Group

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Online Doc UPDATED Call for Proposals--Midwinter 2016

by Susan Wynne on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 09:31 am

The ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group (http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/camms/grps/ats-ccsigfsa) is seeking proposals for presentations on FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. We are especially interested in FAST in the library catalog and/or discovery layer environment, but proposals on FAST in other environments (e.g., repositories, digital libraries, etc.) or other faceted vocabularies are also welcome.

The ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group (http://www.ala.org/alcts/mgrps/camms/grps/ats-ccsigfsa) is seeking proposals for presentations on FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) at the 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Boston. We are especially interested in FAST in the library catalog and/or discovery layer environment, but proposals on FAST in other environments (e.g., repositories, digital libraries, etc.) or other faceted vocabularies are also welcome.

The interest group meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016 from 4:30-5:30 PM.

Suggested topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

--User studies on FAST in the library catalog and/or discovery layer, or in other environments

--Making use of FAST headings from WorldCat records in local catalogs and/or discovery layers

--Training staff, librarians, student workers, etc. to assign FAST (experiences, successes, problems, advice)

--Maintaining FAST as Library of Congress subject headings change

--Using OCLC's FAST prototype tools, i.e., searchFAST, assignFAST, mapFAST, and/or FAST converter

--Use of faceted vocabularies other than FAST (e.g., LCGFT) in the catalog or other contexts

We are seeking presentations of 10-15 minutes in length.  Please send your proposed presentation topic and a brief description to interest group co-chairs Sarah Wallbank (sarah.wallbank@bridgew.edu>) and Susan Wynne (swynne@gsu.edu>) by November 6, 2015.

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Online Doc Slides from Faceted Subject Access IG program at ALA Annual 2015

by Susan Wynne on Thu, Jul 9, 2015 at 12:48 pm

Presentations from the FSAIG program at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco are linked or attached below.

Mackenzie Brooks, Speeding Up Archival Description with FAST

Online Doc Faceted Subject Access IG meeting at ALA Annual 2015 in San Francisco

by Susan Wynne on Thu, May 28, 2015 at 10:55 am

Please join us Saturday, June 27, 2015 in the Marriott Marquis San Francisco, Yerba Buena Salon 05 from 4:30-5:30 PM. (http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29209)

Please join us Saturday, June 27, 2015 in the Marriott Marquis San Francisco, Yerba Buena Salon 05 from 4:30-5:30 PM. (http://alaac15.ala.org/node/29209)

In San Francisco the focus is on FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) with a lively session of lightning talks showcasing innovative uses of and interesting issues with FAST headings in archival, repository, and catalog settings:

Speeding up Archival Description with FAST

Mackenzie Brooks, Assistant Professor and Metadata Librarian, Washington and Lee University

This lightning talk will outline the experience of batch-loading FAST headings into ArchivesSpace to speed up archival description and reduce cataloging backlog. At our small liberal arts university library, catalogers and Special Collections staff frequently fell behind in processing while trying to unite their distinct description priorities. Importing the FAST headings into ArchivesSpace minimized this barrier by providing Special Collections staff with a wide range of pre-approved headings. This presentation will briefly address technical implementation options and staff training strategies. 

 “Never the Time and the Place and the Topic All Together!”: Conceptualizing and Creating Chronological, Event, and Geographic Faceted Headings in an Archival-Management System

Catherine Oliver, Metadata and Cataloging Services Librarian, Northern Michigan University

 In October of 2014, the Central Upper Peninsula and Northern Michigan University Archives began transitioning to the ArchivesSpace archival-management system, a process which offered us an exciting opportunity to rethink our approach to metadata. The Archives has traditionally used the Library of Congress Subject Headings vocabulary to provide controlled subject access to its collections. We found, however, that our existing LCSH access points were not optimal for ArchivesSpace, which is a post-coordinated search environment designed to be navigated by faceted browsing. We have begun faceting our LCSH for use in ArchivesSpace, but have run into some issues with managing our chronological, event, and geographical headings. This talk will give an overview of our preliminary draft of best practices and outline our proposed survey of archives users (to be carried out in the fall of 2015).

Implementing FAST in an Institutional Repository

Brian Luna Lucero & Melanie Wacker, Columbia University

 Columbia University Libraries/Information Services began using FAST selectively in original cataloging of pamphlets in 2014 and also moved to using FAST in digital projects in early 2015. Based on these positive experiences, the decision was made to also use FAST in Columbia’s digital repository Academic Commons. This lightning talk will address the unique challenges faced by the Academic Commons team to move a large scale MODS-based repository of over 15,000 items from the very high level ProQuest subject terms to the much more granular FAST headings -- both for new cataloging going forward as well as for the existing records.

FAST Headings in the UNLV Libraries Catalog: A Laissez-Faire Approach!

Carol Ou, Head of Discovery Services, & Marilyn Vent, Serials Cataloging Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

 The introduction of FAST headings in WorldCat records can pose new challenges to local catalogs and local cataloging practices.  Like many other libraries, UNLV Libraries sources shelf-ready and other copy-cataloging records from WorldCat for a significant portion of our collection.  Traditionally we do very little editing to the majority of these records, so when OCLC began systematically adding FAST headings to WorldCat records, FAST headings naturally began flowing into our local catalog.  This presentation will briefly discuss our local approach to managing FAST headings and the display and indexing changes we have made to support FAST headings in our local catalog, as well as some issues surrounding the maintenance of these headings that we have yet to fully resolve.

 We will also hear an update from Dr. Diane Vizine-Goetz about OCLC’s work with FAST.

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To discuss the theory and applications related to subject terminology intended for faceted application, including FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology), AAT (Art and Architecture Thesaurus), LCGFT (Library of Congress Genre/From terms), and others.

Forum for users and others interested in the faceted approach to subject access, to compare notes and discuss further developments and implementation of subject faceting for digital projects and related topics.

An interest group of the Cataloging and Metadata Management Section of ALCTS.

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