While we don't use them, we also don't take them out if they are in an OCLC
WorldCat record that is imported into our database. They are designed to
work more readily with linked data than LCSH, so removing them now might
mean adding them back later.

We don't add them, either to records without them or to original input in
OCLC. OCLC does have a program that runs on a regular basis to add FAST
headings to new cataloging, so they don't ask libraries to add them; but,
you can if you want.

I have been intending exploring hiding them in the OPAC display since they
are duplicates, pretty much, of LCSH, but haven't had a chance. I do also
agree that they are messy.


J. Elaine Hardy
PINES & Collaborative Projects Manager
Georgia Public Library Service/PINES
1800 Century Place, Ste. 150
Atlanta, GA 30045

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On Wed, Mar 15, 2017 at 3:06 PM, Schooff, Rose (LVA) <
rose.scho...@lva.virginia.gov> wrote:

> Libraries in our consortium (Virginia Evergreen Libraries) wanted me to
> ask if you guys are using the FAST/searchFAST Subject Headings?
> Our libraries were saying that it creates a lot of duplication and thought
> it was messy, BUT what harm or damage would it cause in the future to take
> them out?
> Thanks for any replies.
> —
> Rose M. Schooff
> Technology Consultant
> Library Development and Networking
> The Library of Virginia
> 800 E. Broad Street
> Richmond, VA  23219
> 804-692-3772 <(804)%20692-3772>
> 804-310-7901 <(804)%20310-7901>

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