[CatSIG] Next phase for Māori Subject Headings

Robyn East Robyn.East at natlib.govt.nz
Wed Aug 8 15:50:35 NZST 2007

In the last year the cataloguers at National Library have been, when
appropriate, adding Māori Subject Headings (MSH) to records for new
material being acquired for the National Library collections and to
records created as retrospective conversion continues on the older,
high demand areas of the collection.  The intention in doing this is
not only add headings for the NLNZ collections, but also to build a
of records for others to copy to save some time. 

The MSH Project Team working with CatSig and supported by the MSH
Governance Group also organised a series of workshops earlier in the
year to build cataloguer’s awareness of how to use MSH and to
encourage people to go back to their libraries and work on their own
collections. Much of that work drew on the experience of the National
Library cataloguers in having already spent some time adding MSH. 

In all that has been done in the last year the purpose has been to get
cataloguers around the country using MSH and through that use,
identifying where the gaps are. 

We are delighted that many cataloguers have started using the MSH list
and are identifying gaps where there is no appropriate heading to use
for items in their collections. If you have not already notified us of
these gaps, please could you send them to reo at natlib.govt.nz by the
of August  so that we can plan the work for the next phase.

We have always acknowledged that the first phase aimed to provide a
core of terms to be used, but was never expected to be exhaustive.
However the next phase needs to ensure that it is developing terms for
which there is an existing demand.  We have already had many proposals
for new terms sent through to the National Library, but we hope to
receive more. 

Anne Anderson
on behalf of the Māori Subject Headings Governance Group

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