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English Language Subject Headings in the Catalog of the National Library of Israel

The National Library of Israel (NLI) has traditionally provided subject access to its mostly closed stack collection via a classified catalog based on the Dewey Decimal and Universal Decimal systems, with special expansions for Judaica, Israelitica and Islamic studies, and with additional keywords. This unique system was very difficult to understand (particularly by remote users of the catalog) and expensive to maintain. In early 2010, the NLI decided to adopt English language subject headings based on the Library of Congress subject heading list with some adaptations in Judaica and Israeli topics. IN a period of one year, almost 1 million records were enriched with subject headings. This paper presents the unique problems of an Israeli library adopting LCSH and the experience of the NLI in making such a major change in a very short period of time.

Presented by Elhanan Adler at the 2011 AJL Convention in Montreal, Quebec.

36 min 44 sec

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