Announcing Forthcoming Book on Principles and Application of FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology)

Written by U. Kentucky Professor Lois Mai Chan and OCLC Senior Research Scientist Edward T. O'Neill, this book provide examples of FAST-driven projects in a prototype designed to be used by experienced catalogers as well as novices.

FAST: Faceted Application of Subject Terminology: Principles and Application, is to be available in August from Libraries Unlimited.

Publisher's description:  While The Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) is perhaps the best known bibliographic control system in existence, it is cumbersome and not always user friendly. Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (or FAST) is designed to rework LCSH's authority rules, so that they are easier to use, understand, and apply. The result is a schema designed to handle a large volume of materials with less effort and cost. To this end, two members of the original design team have put together numerous examples of FAST-driven projects including traditional monographs, special collections (archives, business records), electronic resources, and web sites. The result is a prototype designed to be used not just by experienced catalogers but people with minimal training and experience.  Lois Mai Chan is Professor of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky; Edward T. O'Neill is Senior Research Scientist at OCLC.

More Information

FAST: Faceted Application of Subject Terminology: Principles and Application (publisher's page)


For more information:

Edward T. O'Neill
Senior Research Scientist
OCLC Research

Robert C. Bolander
Senior Communications Officer
OCLC Research