VALA Peer Reviewed PaperCollecting the best data: improving cataloguing systems

VALA 2008 CONCURRENT SESSION 12: ILMS
Thursday 7 February 2008 11:55 - 12:30
Persistent URL: http://www.vala.org.au/vala2008-proceedings/vala2008-session-12-dellit

Alison Dellit

Metadata Librarian, National Library of Australia
http://www.nla.gov.au

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Abstract

As libraries come to grips with enormous changes in information-seeking behaviour, many institutions are seeking to build "new generation" catalogues, which make resource discovery simple and fun. To fully take advantage of these changes, libraries also need to re-think what data we should be recording about our collections; and how we are recording it. The National Library of Australia is developing a new tool to streamline the process of selecting a correct subject heading. In the future, an even more radical approach to subject analysis and classification may be required to efficiently catalogue the increasing amount of born-digital information.

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