Getting the best results from a library catalog

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For Immediate Release

June 16, 2009

ALA Editions, the publishing imprint of the American Library Association, just released
“Magic Search: Getting the Best Results from Your Catalog and Beyond” by Rebecca S. Kornegay, Heidi E. Buchanan and Hildegard B. Morgan. Presenting the 467 best-performing Library of Congress Subject Heading (LCSH) subdivisions, this reference answers many of the research questions librarians handle every day. In addition, it provides

  • A thematic arrangement of LC subdivisions that yield the most successful search

  • Chapters on discipline-specific subdivisions to hone effective search terms

  • Precise, professional vocabulary useful in searches

Rebecca Kornegay is head of reference at Western Carolina University’s Hunter Library, in Cullowhee, N. C. She received her MSLS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1977.

Heidi Buchanan is a reference librarian at Hunter Library. Her MSLS is from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2000).

Hildegard Morgan is assistant head of cataloging at Hunter Library. Morgan has 30 years of cataloging experience and also serves at Hunter’s reference desk. Kornegay, Buchanan and Morgan are the co-authors of “Amazing magic searches! Subdivisions combine the precision of the cataloger with the freewheeling style of a Googler,” published in Library Journal, November 2005.

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