ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group

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  • The ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group is soliciting proposals for presentations at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA. The meeting is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2019 from 4:00-5:00 pm. The interest group is charged ...

  • FAST and FAST Policy and Outreach Committee Update By Judy Jeng (OCLC) ------------------------------ Lucas Mak Metadata & Catalog Librarian Michigan State University ------------------------------

  • OLAC Video Game Genre Vocabulary By Rosemary Groenwald (Mount Prospect Public Library) ------------------------------ Lucas Mak Metadata & Catalog Librarian Michigan State University ------------------------------

  • FAST headings Project at the Smithsonian Libraries ------------------------------ Lucas Mak Metadata & Catalog Librarian Michigan State University ------------------------------

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    Call for Co-Chair

    The ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group is seeking a co-chair for 2019-2021. If you are interested in the concept of faceted searching, including faceted vocabularies such as FAST and the new LC faceted vocabularies, consider joining us! ...


  • Program Announcement: ALCTS CaMMS FSAIG Meeting @ ALA Midwinter 2020

    Please join the ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, PA, for three presentations:


    Date: January 25, 2020 (Saturday)

    Time: 4-5 p.m.

    Location: Pennsylvania Convention Center, Nutter Theater


    FAST at the British Library

    By Caroline Kent (The British Library)

    The British Library is constantly evolving its approaches to Metadata Management. With an aim of maintaining quality and improving discoverability of all areas of our collections, Metadata specialists are always looking for innovative ways to improve throughput times, build consistency in approaches to the standards applied across our collections, and provide approaches that are understandable to all our users. This is alongside the need to make library data more Web friendly, specifically with regard to Linked Data, and to incorporate the extensive volume of born-digital data we are now collecting. FAST has been explored by the Metadata & Cataloguing teams as one aspect that can assist in providing streamlined, Linked Data friendly approaches to cataloguing. This presentation will give an update of where the British Library is now, and the progress and outcomes of evaluating and implementing FAST to improve discoverability across our collections.


    FAST Headings for ETDs at Brown

    Jeanette Norris & Joseph Rhoads (Brown University Library)

    This presentation will discuss the evolution of the use of FAST headings for the description of Electronic Theses and Dissertations (ETDs) in the Brown University Repository from the perspectives of a repository developer and a metadata librarian. Brown University Library collaborates with the Brown Graduate School to collect describe, preserve and make available the theses and dissertations for graduates of Brown University.  The ETDs are self-deposited using a web application designed through a collaboration between Cataloging, Repository Services, and the Graduate School. The self-deposit application has evolved since it was first created in 2008, when users’ were asked to record any keywords, which were uncontrolled, to 2015, where the self-deposit form automatically performs a lookup to the Assign FAST API, providing an opportunity for authors to use a controlled vocabulary without training. The use of FAST has provided the Brown University Library the ability to integrate ETDs from the Repository seamlessly with theses and dissertations described in the catalog. The team of Repository developers and Metadata librarians, are now assessing the effectiveness of this approach in terms of the voluntary use of FAST, the accuracy of the vocabulary assignment, and the maintenance required to keep labels updated.


    Maximizing Discovery of Datasets in the Library Catalog

    By Rowena Griem, Tachtorn Meier, & Yukari Sugiyama (Yale University Library)

    As digital scholarship evolves in academia, there are the growing importance and increasing acquisition of datasets at libraries. It is essential to ensure that this newer kind of library resource is easily discovered, identified and accessed by users. At the Yale University Library, we reviewed current cataloging practice and needs for dataset discovery and access to establish best practices.

    Highlights of our progress include:

    • Creation of dataset-related LCGFT headings
    • Documentation for MARC-based cataloging of datasets and workflow
    • Remediation for existing dataset catalog records
    • Recommendations to improve discovery user interface

    In this presentation, we will discuss challenges of cataloging and managing datasets and demonstrate how the discoverability of datasets is enhanced in our discovery system.

  • Program Announcement: ALA Annual FSAIG

    Join the ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group during the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.


    Date and time:  June 22 (Saturday) 4-5 p.m.

    Location: Marriott Marquis Washington D.C. (Room: Chinatown)

    Address: 901 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001


    FAST and FAST Policy and Outreach Committee Update by Judy Jeng


    The OLAC Video Game Genre Vocabulary by Rosemary Groenwald


    OLAC (Online Audiovisual Catalogers) has long been looked to as an organization that provides guidance for cataloging audiovisual items. The OLAC Video Game Genre Vocabulary is a new OLAC resource that offers the cataloging community a video game specific genre vocabulary that can be applied to video game titles. The vocabulary is fully cross-referenced and includes authoritative sources to corroborate the usage of the genre term as applied to video games. Come learn about the process undertaken to develop and implement the vocabulary; hear more about the terms themselves; view an overview of the video game genre vocabulary resources on OLAC's website, and see the vocabulary in action in Mount Prospect Public Library's online catalog.


    FAST Headings at the Smithsonian Libraries by Heidy Berthoud and Jackie Shieh


    The Smithsonian Libraries (SL) have determined that FAST headings would be beneficial to its research community. The decision to include FAST headings in catalog records was made prior to the arrival of two new members joining the Discovery Services Division, but these two librarians were immediately tasked with moving this decision forward: Jackie Shieh, Descriptive Data Management, led the FAST project with major support from Heidy Berthoud, Head of Resource Description. This project identified a subset of monographs published prior to 1923 that were also part of the libraries’ digital collections. Bibliographic records were exported from Horizon via Z39.50, OCLC numbers were extracted, and then batch searched in WorldCat. Data analysis was conducted on both Horizon and OCLC sets. Records were then merged, reviewed, revised, and reimported into Horizon, not only with FAST headings, but also with linked data elements. As preparation was underway, both Jackie and Heidy realized that there would be ample opportunities for staff to learn new and/or refine existing skills on various open source tools. In this presentation, SL will share how the project was structured in such a way that staff could start with a minimal level of knowledge and build their skills over time. A linked data study group is also underway.
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