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British Library launches consultation on use of FAST and abridged Dewey Decimal Classification

Friday, 2016-02-12

The Library is considering the future of the subject and classification schemes we apply to our bibliographic records.

We are now seeking the views of our stakeholders; including cataloguers, classifiers and catalogue users regarding:

  • replacement of Library of Congress Subject Headings with FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) developed by OCLC
  • selective introduction of abridged Dewey Decimal Classification

Follow the links below to the consultation document summarising the findings of our project and a brief survey on the future of the schemes involved.

Consultation on Subject Indexing and Classification standards applied by the British Library

Please complete and submit the short survey: (closing date 4th April, 2016). We are particularly interested in your views on the impact this change would have on your work as either creators or consumers of our bibliographic data.

You may also contact us on this or any other subject related to the Library's metadata at the following address:


British Library publishes Collection Metadata Strategy

Friday, 2015-10-23

The Library has developed a Collection Metadata Strategy, which unites strategic discussion of the Library's collection metadata activities and identifies the necessary foundational principles, priorities and governance structures by which management of our metadata assets can be improved to deliver wider business benefits and support the delivery of our core purposes and programmes.

A core objective will be the transformation of our collection metadata from a passive by-product to an active enabler offering greater efficiency, interoperability and utility.

Unlocking the Value - The British Library's Collection Metadata Strategy, 2015-2018 is supplemented by the Collection Metadata Strategy Roadmap, 2015-2018.

For further information please contact:

The British Library
Collection Metadata
Boston Spa, Wetherby
West Yorkshire
LS23 7BQ
United Kingdom



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