Wednesday, September 14, 2016

OCLC Research announces Faceted Controlled Vocabularies List

OCLC Research has announced a new electronic discussion list focused on faceted controlled vocabularies. As technical services librarians, we are most familiar with FAST and LCGFT.

Full text of OCLC Research announcement:

We are pleased to announce the debut of a new electronic discussion list hosted by OCLC.
FACETVOC-L (Faceted Controlled Vocabularies discussion list) is a discussion list focused on faceted controlled vocabularies used in libraries, archives and museums. This includes vocabularies such as FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology), AAT (Art and Architecture Thesaurus) and LCGFT (Library of Congress Genre/Form Terms). The list will a be a point of focus for discussion and exchange among librarians, archivists, museum professionals, controlled vocabulary specialists and other professionals engaged in the creation, maintenance, study, and—especially—the application of faceted vocabularies in a variety of contexts including as part of cataloging and metadata editing work and/or deployment in information retrieval and discovery systems.
The FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) team at OCLC will monitor and participate in the list. OCLC extends a special invitation to other agencies responsible for publishing faceted vocabularies to join FACETVOC-L to monitor and participate in FACETVOC-L discussions.
To subscribe to FACETVOC-L, go to  and click on the “join or leave the list (or change settings)” link. Once your subscription request has been approved, you will receive a welcome message.
To send messages to FACETVOC-L, go to  and click on the “post to the list” link, or email the post to: (note: you must be a subscriber to post to the list)
To search the FACETVOC-L list archives (available to subscribers only), go to and click on the “search the archives” link.
OCLC Research extends a special thanks to the ALCTS CaMMS Faceted Subject Access Interest Group (a unit of the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services, a division of the American Library Association) for encouraging OCLC to establish FACETVOC-L.

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