Very interesting presentation delivered by John Mark Ockerbloom at the ALA Catalog Form and Function Group last month. It’s called, Mapping the library future: Subject navigation for today’s and tomorrow’s library catalogs.
His “take away points”:
- LC Subject Headings form a rich basis for discovery, crippled by poor discovery tools, slow evolution
- Subject maps enable better subject browsing with ontologies like LCSH
- They are practical for present and next-generation catalogs
- We can build on library strengths and Web innovations, to better connect our users with the resources they need
He encourages us to, “Think about how our users will discover the best resources (ours or others’) in a networked, highly digital world.” Very clear and to the point.