Developing Intellectual Access and Control Mechanisms for Discipline-Based Virtual Libraries that Feature Media Integration

Lei Zeng, D. Kaye Gapen, Sharon n Schmitt


On December 9, 1992, Case Western Reserve University Library began the work of creating its first virtual library in the geological sciences. Ten more discipline-based virtual libraries will be developed by the end of 1994. One of the most vital components of a virtual library is the intellectual access to information and knowledge resources in all formats, thus the control mechanisms enabling access become very important issues which challenge traditional approaches in the construction of classification schemes, thesauri, and other types of controlled vocabularies. This paper presents some basic and important considerations in the process of developing intellectual access and control mechanisms for discipline-based virtual libraries.

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