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LCSH Pre- vs. Post-Coordination and Related Issues

CPSO (the Cataloging Policy and Support Office at the Library of Congress) prepared this report on the Library of Congress Subject Headings for Beacher Wiggins (Director, Acquisitions & Bibliographic Access Directorate, at LC) in March of 2007. It has since been revised and annotated to reach its current form dated December 20, 2007. The purpose of the report was to review the “pros and cons of pre- versus post-coordination” of LCSH.

Many of the pre- vs. post-coordination decisions documented in this report address recommendations recently made in the report of the Working Group on the Future of Bibliographic Control, especially section 4.3 “Optimize LCSH for Use and Re-Use.” LC will be responding to specific recommendations from that Working Group report later this year.

There are a lot of interesting documents in the appendices including: comments from Lois M. Chan (Thoughts on LCSH), Daniel N. Joudrey and Arlene G. Taylor (LCSH Strings – some thoughts); Difference between Google Results and a Browse Display of LCSH
Comparison of Search Results of a Post-Coordinate versus Pre-Coordinate Approach; and a report on an LC Staff Survey on Subject Cataloging.

A must read for anyone interested in the future of LCSH.

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