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Text Author Arlene G. Taylor to Lecture at SIS

Arlene G. Taylor, author of the text, The Organization of Information used for our 520 class, will be on campus presenting a lecture on Wednesday, November 7th. Her lecture is titled, “Controlled Vocabulary in the Age of Google? Really?”

The lecture will begin at 12:15 pm in the Scripps Convergence Lab Theater. Off campus students and alumni are welcome to join us via Blackboard Collaborate. For instructions on how to join and reserve your connection, please RSVP to Cindy Lancaster at lancast@utk.edu. RSVP no later than Monday November 5, 2012 to join this lecture via Blackboard Collaborate.

“Dr. Taylor is a giant in our profession. Having her available for our students, faculty and alumni is an honor and a unique opportunity for any library and information science professional to develop their knowledge,” said Dr. Ed Cortez, Professor and Director of the School of Information Sciences at UTK.

The brief abstract below is an overview of the upcoming lecture:

“Keyword searching has become the most often used, and, in fact, the preferred, method of conducting a search in any online system.  It has been suggested that because of this, controlled vocabulary should be abandoned.  However, Tina Gross and Arlene G. Taylor found in 2005 that one third of all catalog keyword searches are successful because a keyword being searched is found only in a subject heading field.  Since then much has been written, including articles from several disciplines discussing the issue.  I will summarize the issues surrounding controlled vocabulary vs. keyword only, and will present the current thinking of people charged with developing online systems”

Arlene G. Taylor Biographical Sketch

The Organization of InformationArlene G. Taylor is Professor Emerita, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and Distinguished Adjunct Professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  She has held professional positions in three libraries (the Library of Congress, Christopher Newport College, and Iowa State University) and has taught part-time or full-time for several schools of library and information science.  She holds the Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the MSLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign, and the BA from Oklahoma Baptist University. She is author of several books including The Organization of Information, 3rd ed. (with Daniel N. Joudrey. Libraries Unlimited, 2009); Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, 10th ed. (Libraries Unlimited, 2006); and Understanding FRBR: What It Is and How It Will Affect Our Retrieval Tools (Libraries Unlimited, 2007). Recent articles include: “Implementing AACR and AACR2: A Personal Perspective and Lessons Learned,” Library Resources & Technical Services 56, no. 3 (July 2012; and, “Knowledge Organization in Knowledge Management Systems of Global Consulting Firms,” (co-authored with Lingling Lai), Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 49, no. 5 (2011).

Dr. Taylor is the recipient of two Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Grants, with posts at Suranaree University of Technology in Thailand and at Bar Ilan University in Israel. She also received the 1996 Margaret Mann Citation, the 2000 ALA/Highsmith Library Literature Award, and was the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Alum Award from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of the University of Illinois. She has served on numerous committees in the Association for Library and Information Science Education (ALISE) and in the American Library Association (ALA).