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ERIC Number: ED401922
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Apr
Pages: 44
Abstractor: N/A
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A Study of the Subject Headings Practices of Fifteen Small Liberal Arts College Libraries.
Kissel, Laura J.
This research was conducted in order to examine whether libraries are maintaining consistent and complete subject authority control and creating syndetic reference structure for popular topics. A descriptive study of 15 private liberal arts college libraries was conducted to determine whether the Library of Congress (LC) prescribed "see" and "see also" references have been made for five different subject headings. Subject headings were selected from transaction log data of two private liberal arts college libraries. Adherence to the LC subject headings systems was determined by searching the online catalogs of 15 libraries via the Internet. The results of this study--which are consistent with similar studies--indicated that libraries are not maintaining consistent and complete subject authority control or creating syndetic reference structure. Data are discussed in terms of overall library performance and individual library performance, as well as by individual subject heading. In addition, use of scope notes and corresponding online catalog systems are discussed. Six tables and charts show library name and system used, overall performance by heading, and library scores for various see and see also references. Appendices include the established headings (150) used in the study with accompanying 360, 450, 550, and 680 fields; sample data collection instrument; examples of values defined for use of 450 and 550 headings; and example of blind lead for the heading "Home Schooling." (Contains 20 references.) (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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