Dissertation Information for Stephen Blake Shubert
MPACT Status: Fully Complete
Title: Subject access to museum objects: Applying the principles of the subject approach to information from library and information science to the documentation of humanities museum collections
Abstract: This thesis investigates the extent to which the principles of subject access as developed within library and information science may be applied to the problem of indexing and classifying museum objects. It begins with a review of events concerning museum registration, documentation, and cataloguing that have contributed to the development of subject access during the second half of the twentieth century in Great Britain, the United States and Canada. An investigation of subject access to objects in humanities museum collections is then conducted according to a paradigm for the subject approach to information developed from the literature of library and information science. This paradigm consists of four fundamental elements: (1) the philosophical and abstract conception of subject content in contrast to descriptive or identifying elements; (2) the process of conceptual analysis in order to determine subject content; (3) the representation of these concepts in a documentary language; and (4) the process of facet analysis whereby the concepts of a subject are categorized according to different characteristics of division within a domain.
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