We Faceted our Seatbelts, Now What? Advocacy for Implementing Faceted Vocabularies in Public Facing Interfaces

Tuesday, 5/18/2021 - Wednesday, 5/19/2021
  • 10:00 AM-6:00 PM (Eastern)
  • 9:00 AM-5:00 PM (Central)
  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM (Mountain)
  • 7:00 AM-3:00 PM (Pacific)

This e-Forum was presented on Tuesday, May 18 and Wednesday, May 19. View the summary of this e-Forum.

With more efforts underway to scale up or fully implement faceted vocabularies such as the Library of Congress Demographic Group Terms (LCDGT), Library of Congress Genre Form Terms (LCGFT), or Faceted Application of Subject Terminology (FAST) in cataloging and metadata work, a new challenge arises: How to convince discovery teams or public service colleagues to adopt these vocabularies in the public-facing, discovery tools, OPACs or other search interfaces? This e-forum looks at the role advocacy plays in negotiating the full utilization of the faceted data cataloging and metadata professionals are so diligently adding as part of their work. Topics may include the following:

  • What are some advocacy success stories? What advocacy strategies or opportunities were used in achieving those successes?
  • What challenges have folks encountered in advocating for the implementation of faceted vocabularies in their discovery or other public facing interfaces. How were those challenges navigated?
  • What are the potential benefits of wider understanding of the faceted data catalogers and metadata professionals are applying in their work brought about by advocacy efforts?

Learning Outcomes

In this e-Forum, attendees will:

  • Explore reasons to implement faceted subject access in discovery systems.
  • Learn from others about their experiences around such advocacy efforts.
  • Identify some challenges and potential opportunities for successful advocacy.
  • Apply what they've learned in order to better advocate for implementing faceted subject access in public facing interfaces.

Who Should Attend

People wanting to learn how to better advocate for the full utilization of the faceted vocabularies they are implementing as part of their units cataloging or metadata work. People in charge of discovery of public facing interface configuration.


Kurt Hanselman is a Catalog Librarian at San Diego State University Library. He specializes in special collections cataloging and also serves as the library liaison to the School of Music and Dance at SDSU. He received his MLIS from UCLA. In his free time he enjoys playing bass guitar and has recently developed an obsession with making weird sounds from effects pedals.

Jesse Lambertson is the Metadata/Digital Resources Librarian at D’Angelo Law Library (UChicago), is co-chair of CORE’s Technical Services Workflow Efficiency IG, co-Vice-Chair of Bibliographic Conceptual Models IG, and serves on the Fast Policy & Outreach Committee. Also, he’s a very amateur acoustic guitar player. 

Nerissa Lindsey is the Head of Content Organization and Management at San Diego State University Library. She received her MLIS at University of Washington. She is active in CORE and is currently serving as a co-chair of the Faceted Application of Subject Access Interest Group, the Cataloging and Classification Research Interest Group, and the Copy Cataloging Interest Group. She enjoys horror, and has especially missed going to see new horror films in movie theaters due to the pandemic.




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