Improve Discoverability of Non-Roman Materials

Wednesday, 4/18/2018
  • 2:00 PM-3:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 1:00 PM-2:00 PM (Central)
  • 12:00 PM-1:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 11:00 AM-12:00 PM (Pacific)

This session was presented on April 18, 2018. Access the recording and materials now:

This is the fifth session of a six-part series. View the other sessions in this series.

In this session, attendees will learn how to provide subject access to non-English materials in the language of the script and how to link the non-English term to external sources via linked data techniques. This will allow users to search the catalog by subject in their preferred language. The presentation will address the following questions: Can MARC21 records be utilized to display non-English subject terms in the integrated library system (ILS)? Can non-English terms be linked to FAST subject terms? Can users search the library catalog by subject terms in their preferred languages, e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, or French?

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this session, attendees will have learned how to provide access to non-English materials in the language of the script and link non-English terms to external sources with linked data.

Who Should Attend

Metadata, cataloging, area studies, and subject librarians


Magda EL-Sherbini, professor and currently is the Middle East & Islamic Studies Librarian at the Ohio State University Library. Prior to this, she was the Head of Cataloging. She is the author of the RDA: Strategies for Implementation. Published by ALA Editions, Chicago, 2013. She is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. She regularly teaches online courses on RDA for ALA. 



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