For FAST, see Chan and O'Neill (2010). There are large parts of FAST where
the editors wisely opted to punt on the more intractable parts.
Chan, Lois Mai and O'Neill, Ed (2010). FAST, Faceted Application of Subject
Terminology: Principles and Application. Libraries Unlimited. ISBN:
On Mon, Apr 18, 2011 at 11:07 AM, Jonathan Rochkind <[log in to unmask]>wrote:
> On 4/17/2011 10:58 AM, Bill Dueber wrote:
>> At the same time, I'm finding it hard to determine if we're converging on
>> "when trying to turn LCSH into reasonable facets, here's what you need to
>> do" or "when trying to turn LCSH into reasonable facets, you've haven't
>> a freakin' prayer". Can someone help me here?
> FAST has done it somehow -- turned LCSH into reasonable facets. But I'm
> not sure if there's a good overview available of how.
> "reasonable" is certainly something of degree too. I don't think you can do
> 'reasonably' with a pretty rough and ready approach. I need to blog about
> the just _few_ things I've done to normalize LCSH for facetting in my
> blacklight-based catalog, which I think gets it pretty close to
> 'reasonable'. Heck, some people think just taking the subdivisions on marc
> subfields and splitting em into facets is 'reasonable', although it results
> in many oddities.
> But, I think the utlimate answer to your question with full precision and
> based on full knowledge of LCSH is not yet determiend -- unless the FAST
> people have figured it out and can share what they've figured out in a
> useful way.