The ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans will include a FAST program on Saturday at 1:30. FAST - Faceted Application of Subject Terminology - is an OCLC Research project investigating the automated application of simplified subject headings.

OCLC Research scientist Ed O'Neill and colleagues Qiang Jin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Arlene Taylor (University of Pittsburgh, emerita), and Shannon Hoffman (Brigham Young University) will present "FAST: A New System of Subject Access for Cataloging and Metadata" at the Cataloging & Metadata program subtrack of the Collection Management & Technical Services track, on Saturday, 24 June, at 1:30 p.m. (CDT).

From the program description: Libraries have been using Library of Congress Subject Headings for over one hundred years. With the growth of electronic resources and the emergence of numerous metadata schemes for their description, there is a need for subject access methods that can handle a large volume of materials without requiring the same amount of effort and cost as in the treatment of traditional library materials. For the last several years, OCLC has been developing FAST subject headings. (FAST - Faceted Application of Subject Terminology.) In 2004, the ALCTS CCS Subject Analysis Committee established a subcommittee to evaluate FAST subject headings from the users' perspective and recommend to the library community whether FAST subject headings is the right direction to go.

More Information

OCLC FAST project:

2006 ALA Annual Conference Web site:

Program Descriptions for Friday, June 23 and Saturday, June 24:

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Ed O'Neill
Consulting Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Bob Bolander
Communications & Programs Manager
OCLC Research