Jun 2006 | 304pp
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Many information professionals working in small units today fail to find the published tools for subject based organization that are appropriate to their local needs, whether they are archivists, special librarians, information officers, or knowledge or content managers. Large established standards for document description and organization are too unwieldy, unnecessarily detailed, or too expensive to install and maintain. In other cases the available systems are insufficient for a specialist environment, or don't bring things together in a helpful way. A purpose built, in-house system would seem to be the answer, but too often the skills necessary to create one are lacking.
This practical text examines the criteria relevant to the selection of a subject management system, describes the characteristics of some common types of subject tool, and takes the novice step-by-step through the process of creating a system for a specialist environment. The methodology employed is a standard technique for the building of a thesaurus that incidentally creates a compatible classification or taxonomy, both of which may be used in a variety of ways for document or information management. Key areas covered are:
Readership: Although primarily aimed at the practising information professional, the book is also suitable for students of library and information science.
1. What is a thesaurus?
2. Tools for subject access and retrieval
3. What a thesaurus is used for
4. Why use a thesaurus?
5. Types of thesaurus
6. The format of a thesaurus
7. Building a thesaurus 1: vocabulary collection
8. Vocabulary control 1: selection of terms
9. Vocabulary control 2: form of entry
10. Building a thesaurus 2: term extraction from document titles
11. Building a thesaurus 3: vocabulary analysis
12. The thesaural relationships
13. Building a thesaurus 4: introducing internal structure
14. Building a thesaurus 5: imposing hierarchy
15. Building a thesaurus 6: compound subjects and citation order
16. Building a thesaurus 7: conversion of the taxonomy to alphabetical format
17. Building a thesaurus 8: creating the thesaurus records
18. Managing and maintaining the thesaurus: thesaurus software
Appendix 1. Sample titles for thesaurus vocabulary
Appendix 2. Sample terms for the thesaurus
Appendix 3. Facets at stage 1 of analysis
Appendix 4. Facets at stage 2 of analysis
Appendix 5. Completed systematic display
Appendix 6. Thesaurus entries for sample page
"…Essential Thesaurus Construction will surely be of great value to the community of present and future information professionals."
- Library Review