Use of the LCSH System: Realities

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1996

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This study examines the question of whether academic libraries keep up with changes in the Library of Congress subject heading system. An analysis of the handling of 15 subject headings in 50 academic library catalogs available online through the Internet found that libraries are not consistently maintaining subject authority control, or making syndetic references and scope notes in their catalogs. The data are discussed from the perspectives of the libraries' performance, performance on the headings overall, performance on references, performance on the type of change made to the headings, and performance within three widely used online catalog systems. The implications of the findings are discussed in relationship to recent expressions of dissatisfaction with the effectiveness of subject cataloging.

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LCSH, online catalog systems

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Tschera Harkness Connell, "Use of the LCSH System: Realities," Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 23, no. 1 (1996): 73-98.