VALA2008 Session 12 Dellit

VALA Peer Reviewed PaperCollecting the best data: improving cataloguing systems

Thursday 7 February 2008 11:55 – 12:30
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Alison Dellit

Metadata Librarian, National Library of Australia

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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.