A domain-analytic perspective on sexual health in LCSH and RVM

Jill McTavish

Abstract


This paper analyses and compares the treatment of sexual health in Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and Répertoire de vedettes-matière de l’Université Laval (RVM) using three of Bowker and Star’s (1999) infrastructural inversion techniques: practical politics, convergence, and
resistance. Our findings reveal that neither LCSH nor RVM offer a holistic representation of sexual health (practical politics), that LCSH’s topical representation of sexual health limits access to relevant material (convergence), and that the enhancement of LCSH through user-added content could improve but not replace these systems (resistance).

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7152/nasko.v3i1.12793