Subject Analysis and Access

Annual Report, 2016 January-August

This is a report on the Section’s progress and activities for the half year between January 1 and the IFLA World Congress.  Future reports will be for the time period from World Congress to World Congress.

If you have questions about our work, suggestions about what you would like us to work on, or you would like to help us, please contact one of the members of the Standing Committee.

Objective 1

Monitor and provide information about current issues and new developments in subject access

Project/Activity: Exchange information/expertise through collaborative activities 

  • Planned and hosted the Satellite meeting, “Subject Access: Unlimited Opportunities” that was held on 11-12 August 2016.  Presentations and papers available from meeting website; papers will be available from the IFLA Library.
  •  Published The Metadata Newsletter, v. 2, no. 1 in June 2016 in collaboration with the Bibliography and Cataloguing Section Standing Committees.

Project/Activity: 2016 Open Program


Objective 2

Develop new and review existing standards and guidelines related to subject access.


  • Enlisted members for the Genre/Form Working Group
  • Contributed to FRBR harmonization through membership on the FRBR Review Group.                                  

Objective 3

Provide information about the work of the Section and Standing Committee

Project/Activity: Change the name of the Section to better reflect its focus.

  • Voted in March to change the name change from “Classification and Indexing” to “Subject Analysis and Access” (all votes were positive); approval received by the PC on Aug. 12, 2016.


Objective 4

Build the capacity of the Standing Committee members

Project/Activity: Promoted membership; published meeting times/places; encouraged active participation; liaise with library associations and national libraries