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New Maps of the Library: Building Better Subject Discovery Tools Using Library of Congress Subject Headings
Scholarship at Penn Libraries
  • John Mark Ockerbloom, University of Pennsylvania
Document Type
Working Paper
Date of this Version
12-5-2006
Abstract

We describe tools in development at the University of Pennsylvania to generate and display interactive "subject maps" for exploring library collections. Based on the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), these maps are automatically built from existing authority records, a collection's bibliographic records, and optional local "tweaks" for local interests and search patterns. Users can explore these maps via ordinary text- based web browsing, and browse clusters of related research resources. We now provide these maps for small collections like The Online Books Page, and are experimenting with maps for the entire Penn Library catalog. We hope to enable users to take full advantage of the rich conceptual relationships in LCSH-based library collections, and effectively browse increasingly diverse and dispersed library collections.

Comments
A white paper accompanying a presentation at the CNI Task Force Meeting, December 5, 2006. (The paper is misdated 2007.) The Powerpoint slides for the presentation are included as a supplementary file.
Keywords
  • subject maps,
  • topic maps,
  • ontologies,
  • information discovery,
  • lcsh,
  • library of congress subject headings,
  • user interfaces
Citation Information
John Mark Ockerbloom. "New Maps of the Library: Building Better Subject Discovery Tools Using Library of Congress Subject Headings" (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_mark_ockerbloom/2/