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Potential and Challenges of Subject Access in Libraries Today on the Example of Swedish Libraries
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Library and Information Science)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4169-4417
2016 (English)In: The international information & library review, ISSN 1057-2317, E-ISSN 1095-9297, Vol. 48, no 3, 204-210 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The “Advances in Library Data and Access” column examines technological advances internal and external to libraries. The focus is on how library data is created and used. The strength of the column is its broad, international focus, and contributors are encouraged to explore issues and recent advances in information technology relevant to their geographical region, as well as the larger, global audience. Interested authors are invited to submit proposals and articles to the column editor at Please include “IILR Submission” in the subject line of the e-mail.

Ensuring quality subject access in information services is one of the major tasks in libraries and related information institutions. An exploratory study of Swedish library catalogs indicates that subject access is not addressed systematically, that in new digital collections knowledge organization systems are applied to a limited degree, and in integrated library and commercial databases the mappings between the different knowledge organization systems do not exist. Possibilities are suggested to help alleviate these issues, such as social tagging and automated subject indexing; how to best implement them calls for further research.

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2016. Vol. 48, no 3, 204-210 p.
Keyword [en]
Subject access points, library catalogs, social tagging, knowledge organization systems (KOS), Swedish libraries
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Information Studies
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Humanities, Library and Information Science
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-57557DOI: 10.1080/10572317.2016.1205406OAI: diva2:1039239
Available from: 2016-10-21 Created: 2016-10-21 Last updated: 2016-10-27Bibliographically approved

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