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Subject Cataloguing - Quo vadis?

A conference associated with the annual meeting of the RDA Steering Committee


Date and venue

Friday 4 November 2016

11.00 - 16.00

Deutsche Nationalbibliothek in Frankfurt am Main


This international satellite conference, organized by the German National Library, the Swiss National Library and the Austrian National Library focused on subject access from different perspectives. The needs of the library users, the cooperation between libraries and further cultural institutions and the requirements of a digital world have an impact on cataloguing rules and practice. RDA is an answer to this paradigm shift. The conference focused to subject cataloguing and engaged to a wide discussion about all aspects of subject cataloguing involving the future work with standards in institutions providing cultural heritage.

The conference language was English.



Session Chairs: Renate Behrens (German National Library), Christian Aliverti (Swiss National Library)

From 10:30 // Participant registration

Opening and Welcome

11:00-11:10 // Welcome address by Ute Schwens, Director of the German National Library in Frankfurt/Main

Session 1

11:10-11:40 // FRBR, RDA and subject cataloging - with a special focus on the German experience // Heidrun Wiesenmüller, Stuttgart Media University

11:40-12:10 // Principles of subject indexing - conclusions from a review by the German expert panel for subject cataloguing // Esther Scheven, German National Library

12:10-12:40 // Strings or terms? Experiments with FAST Subject Indexing at the British Library // Janet Ashton, British Library

Lunch 12:40 - 13:30

Session 2

13:30-14:00 // Subject To Change: Ongoing automatic catalog enrichment with harvested subject headings and codes // Priska Bucher, Marcus Zerbst, Alice Keller, Zentralbibliothek Zürich

14:00-14:30 // Subject cataloguing of library materials in a new technological environment - experience from Serbia // Vesna Župan, The "Svetozar Markovic" University Library Belgrade

14:30-15:00 // Subject Cataloging of Images in Museums and Photo Collections // Angela Kailus, Bildarchiv Foto Marburg

Coffee break 15:00 - 15:20

Session 3

15:20-15:50 // The central role of URIs in Subject Cataloguing // Tiziana Possemato, Casalini Libri

Final Panel // Chair: Heidrun Wiesenmüller, Stuttgart Media University

15:50-16:30 // Subject cataloguing - Quo vadis? // Ulrike Junger, German National Library; Christian Aliverti, Swiss National Library; Christoph Steiner, Austrian National Library


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