Is FAST the right direction for a new system of subject cataloging and metadata?

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Abstract

The Subject Analysis Committee Subcommittee on FAST of the Association for Library Collections&Technical Services (ALCTS) was established in the fall of 2004 to explore issues related to the implementation of the Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST) subject heading schema. FAST is being developed at the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and is derived from the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) with a simplified syntax. This paper is based on comments by the Subject Analysis Committee Subcommittee on FAST, which reviewed a sample of 5,000 bibliographic records with both LCSH and FAST headings. It provides the library community with some understanding of FAST, a new system of subject cataloging and metadata.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-110
Number of pages20
JournalCataloging and Classification Quarterly
Volume45
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 18 2008

Keywords

  • Chronological facet
  • FAST
  • Form facet
  • Geographic facet
  • LCSH
  • Names facets
  • Topical facet

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Library and Information Sciences

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