Subject Analysis Systems (SAS) Collection

This collection is the North American Clearinghouse for subject classifications and controlled vocabularies in many different subject areas. Included are:

Subject heading lists
Thesauri
Classification schemes

It is the major English language world print collection in this area, and we are a depository library for materials of this kind*.

*Appendix D of the ANSI/NISO Z39.19-1993 standard, Guidelines for the Construction, Format, and Management of Monolingual Thesauri (Bethesda, MD: NISO Press, 1994) says that English language thesauri or multilingual thesauri with English language sections should be deposited at the Faculty of Information Studies at the above address.

It contains both large scale and very specialized works on a wide variety of subjects. The collection also includes adaptations and expansions of general systems such as the Dewey Decimal Classification and the Library of Congress Classification, as well as independent schemes.

It is a practical resource for information professionals engaged in designing or applying subject schemes and taxonomies. It is also a unique research resource for the study of subject analysis and its development. The collection contains over 2000 titles.