Subject Analysis and Access Section Annual Report
The Subject Analysis and Access Annual report, 2018-2019
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Report on progress and activities
Develop standards and guidelines that support subject access
- Compilation of resources relating to genre/form initiatives worldwide, making them publicly available on the IFLA website
The Genre/Form WG prepared a list of resources relating to genre/form initiatives worldwide. The list is available from the IFLA SAA website, and more specifically the WG’s page. Working documents of the WG are migrated to Basecamp, under the Section’s space. The initial list of Resources has been completed. Continuous updates of the Resource list will be in-progress. The terms and goals of the WG will be reviewed to determine future work.
Explore the potential for improved subject access by scanning and evaluating the current landscape
- Establish a working group on the value of subject access
A Working Group was established but after discussions the focus was shifted to Automatic processes for subject analysis and access. Therefore, it is now the “Automated Subject Analysis and Access WG.” The work is still in progress, a white paper is planned on several case studies of automatic processing, lessons, learned, best practices, etc. - completed
- Organize an open session at the 2019 WLIC in collaboration with the Art Section
The Subject Analysis and Access Section together with the Art Libraries Section presented Open Session 206 Libraries, Archives and Museums in Dialogue: Improving Access to Complementary Collections, held on 28 August, 8:30-10:30 am. Andreas Oskar Kempf, SAA, and Lucile Trunel, chair of the Arts Libraries Section, co-chaired the session, which over 120 delegates attended. - completed
Liaise with national libraries and professional organizations to promote the new developments that support subject analysis and access
- Continue collaboration with the Bibliography and Cataloguing Sections to support communication by producing the IFLA Metadata Newsletter
During 2018-2019, two very successful issues of the IFLA Metadata Newsletter were produced in collaboration with the Cataloguing and Bibliography sections: the December 2018 and June 2019 issues – completed
- Collaborate with the Bibliography, Cataloguing, and Information Technology Sections on a shared satellite meeting for the 2019 WLIC
The Bibliography, Cataloguing, Subject Analysis and Access, and IT Sections collaboratively organized an all-day satellite meeting, “Metadata Specialists in the Machine Age,” held at and sponsored by Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, on 22 August. Approximately 80 library professionals attended this event. – completed
- Additional activity
Division III Session: Library Services for a Multicultural World: with Special consideration to the Many Languages Involved. Each section within Division III was invited to give a lightning talk at this session. From the Subject Analysis and Access Section, Andreas Oskar Kempf and Athena Salaba discussed the benefits of using a controlled vocabulary when dealing with multicultural issues and biases in subject analysis. – completed
- WLIC 2019 Open Session
A Blog entry about the event, including links to the papers, is available at the Section blog about WLIC 2019
- 2019 Satellite Conference
The event was communicated through the Satellite website, the SAA news webpage, through a call for paper submissions, IFLA SAA Blog, WLIC programme, and IFLA Metadata Newsletter. Email communications through the IFLAsubj list and Twitter posts.
Approximately 80 library professionals attended this event. Positive reception of papers and interactions during the round table discussion session.
- Genre/Form Working Group
List of Resources relating to Genre/From. WG web page
- Automated Subject Analysis and Access Working Group
Working Group was established. WG web page
- IFLA Metadata Newsletter
The newsletter issue availability is communicated through the section webpage and the IFLAsubj list and CATSMAIL list
- Action Planning
SAA Secretary Elise Conradi attended and participated in the Action Planning training and development of a draft Action Plan for the Section. The committee members reviewed and developed the final Action Plans, and submitted to Division Chair and IFLA HQ
Last update: 20 January 2020