ISKO STAC working group on Subject Access Metadata

ISKO STAC has set up an international working group to develop a set of guidelines for specifying subject access metadata requirements for procurement of library management systems (LMS). This arises from the observation that such platforms do not typically make effective use of subject metadata or other KOS elements to support search and discovery services. The purpose of the guidelines is to ensure that an LMS enables library users to get maximum value from access metadata such as classification schemes and controlled vocabularies. These represent considerable intellectual effort by cataloguers and indexers but are often overlooked during the procurement process (and sometimes in system design).

The working group will be reviewing existing literature and consulting stakeholder groups, including system vendors, to develop a draft set of guidelines during 2023 with a finalised set of recommendations and guidelines due in 2024.

If you are interested in participating in any of the consultations, as an LMS user, as an institutional user, a terminology service provider or as a vendor, please contact the working group chair, David Haynes: d.haynes@napier.ac.uk


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