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ERIC Number: ED168513
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1977-Dec
Pages: 31
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Locally Generated Title Derivative Indexing in Academic and Public Libraries: A Survey of Current Practices.
Schwarz, Philip J.
A library survey to examine and analyze locally generated title derivative keyword indexing in academic and public libraries and its findings are presented. The project was organized in two phases. The first attempted to identify successful title derivative indexing programs through a literature review, correspondence with individuals known to be working with such systems, and through notices placed in professional library journals. Phase two involved study of 10 derivative indexing programs chosen to represent those institutions working with a variety of applications, those using the technique for a unique application, and those with unique computer programs. Findings indicate that title derivative indexing was prompted by failure of the local institution to provide adequate bibliographic control of the collection in question because of high acquisition rates, and long length of processing time between receipt of materials and availability to patrons. The keyword-out-of-context as opposed to keyword-in-context technique was most utilized. Problems with KWOC Title derivative indexing include inadequacy of some titles, and use of a variety of terms to describe common subjects. Non-word lists--e.g., articles, prepositions--were also employed to exclude non-descriptive terms. Index structure and format are described, along with discussions of costs, computer programs, user acceptance, and advantages and disadvantages. Appendices include a list of institutions utilizing title derivative indexing. (Author/MBR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A