Best of LRTS Award

About the Edward Swanson Memorial Best of LRTS Award
The Best of LRTS Award is given to the author(s) of the best paper published each year in the official journal of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, Library Resources & Technical Services.

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1999 Co-Winner(s)

Toward a Computer-Generated Subject Validation File: Feasibility and Usefulness

Lois Mai Chan and Diane Vizine-Goetz LRTS, vol. 42, no. 1, January 1998, pp. 45-60
In response to the need for improved efficiency and reliability in subject authority control, Chan and Vizine-Goetz explored, and convincingly demonstrated, the feasibility of automatically creating a subject heading validation file. Their article describes applied research of a very high order and quality and presents the results in a clear, well-organized style. The authors provide a practical solution to a problem which affects a broad range of libraries. The article is superior in the scope of the problem addressed, the clarity of analysis and presentation, and the potential for substantive benefit from its application.