VALA Peer Reviewed PaperAll for naught: using existing bibliographic data to deliver modern search tools

Thursday 7 February 2008 11:20 - 11:50
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Lloyd Sokvitne

Senior Manager (Digital Strategies), State Library of Tasmania

Jan Lavelle

Senior Librarian (Systems Development), State Library of Tasmania

Carmel Denholm

Senior Cataloguer (Metadata), State Library of Tasmania

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In 2006, the State Library of Tasmania undertook a process to develop a facet-enabled catalogue that would replace its traditional OPAC. It became apparent that questions concerning which facets to provide were inextricably linked with the quality and availability of data from the traditional bibliographic database. This data reflected internal and external cataloguing policies that had varied over a number of years, and the State Library found that it had to extensively correct, modify, manipulate and create a range of data in order to provide the facets it required. This paper describes those processes in detail.

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