Using FAST for Faster Workflows and Discovery

Wednesday, 9/28/2016
  • 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 webinar was presented live on 09/28/16. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

This webinar demonstrates how the FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) vocabulary can be implemented across a range of library functions and services—both at the back and the front of the house. Two projects serve as case studies for understanding how libraries can harness the FAST vocabulary and related tools to streamline metadata work and improve user experiences. The webinar provides audience members with ideas and talking points for applying FAST at their institutions.

Learning Outcomes

Specific learning outcomes include:

  • New strategies for streamlining metadata workflows and improving metadata quality by empowering catalogers to concentrate on subject analysis techniques rather than tools
  • Understanding of guided search interfaces and their importance to exploratory research
  • Empowerment to dig into the assignFAST gadget's code and customize it for local application

Who Should Attend

Managers and members of library cataloging and metadata, and user experience and Web development departments


Joelen Pastva is the Metadata Librarian at the Galter Health Sciences Library at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine. She currently serves on the ALCTS Standards Committee, ILA Best Practices Committee, and Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) Technical Services Committee. She previously worked as the Metadata/Catalog Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include ontology development and improving library user experiences through metadata.

Allison Jai O'Dell is Metadata Librarian at the University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries. She serves on the editorial teams of the ARLIS/NA Artists' Books Thesaurus and the RBMS Controlled Vocabularies. Her research, creative, and instructional activities focus on linked data technologies and front-end Web development for libraries and archives.



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This webinar was presented live on 09/28/16. Access the recording and webinar materials now:

How to Register

No registration required.

Tech Requirements

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