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Friday, April 7 • 11:00am - 11:50am
“Amazing Magic searches” in OCLC WorldCat Discovery: an Update to Kornegay, Buchanan & Morgan 2005

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In their classic article, "Amazing, Magic Searches!" (Library Journal, Nov. 1st 2005, pp. 44-46) Kornegay, Buchanan, & Morgan show how subdivisions (phrases authorized by LC to be tacked on to subject headings) can be used to advantage in keyword searching in online library catalogs. Their first example: college sports and economic aspects. I work at a library which has replaced its free-standing online library catalog with OCLC Discovery Service -- a window into WorldCat which lets you limit your searches to materials in your library. Volunteer State librarians will be pleased to discover that if one reruns KB&M's sample searches in OCLC Discovery, limited to materials held in your library, the magic still works 12 years later, in the newer environment. The Library of Congress hasn't changed a single one of the subdivisions in the magic searches. Presence or absence of _and_ no longer matters unless in quotation marks. Singular vs. plural, important 12 years ago, no longer matter.

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Frank Newton

Catalog Librarian, Gardner-Webb University
Frank Newton is the Catalog Librarian at Dover Library, Gardner-Webb University, Boiling Springs, N.C.  He earned an M.A. in linguistics at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1989 and his M.S. in Library Science at UNC-Chapel Hill in 1990.  He worked in the former North Carolina Foreign Language... Read More →

Friday April 7, 2017 11:00am - 11:50am EDT
Room 300-C