Thanks to everyone for their responses. Looks like it's going to be sticky whichever direction we go.
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>>> Ted P Gemberling <[log in to unmask]> 10/29/2008 1:25 PM >>>
Meghan, it seems like one thing you could do, following from what John
said, would be:
Or if the departments were in a particular geographical area, the US,
for example, it could be:
Physics--United States--Societies, etc.--History
That is on analogy with this string in LC's catalogue:
Accounting |z United States |x Societies, etc. |x History.
That requires the user (including the reference librarian) to
familiarize herself with "Societies, etc." as including such things as
academic institutions. That may seem rather arbitrary, but it's a common
problem with controlled vocabulary. And that's what reference librarians
are for, to guide patrons through those mysteries.
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