Tagging for Libraries: a Review of the Effectiveness of Tagging Systems for Library Catalogs
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Early literature on tagging has been enthusiastic about the potential that it holds for libraries. Theorists have thoroughly analyzed the nature of tags, as well as the benefits and the problems for libraries: the positives and the negatives of tags compared to subject headings, how tagging can help libraries increase the findability of documents, what the benefits from user-created vocabulary are, and so on. However, there is a gap in the knowledge of how tags actually work within the professional context of libraries. More evidence is needed if the library community is to understand whether tags present an exciting opportunity for libraries. The purpose of this paper is to review the literature regarding the implementation of the tagging process primarily in library catalogs. The aim is to document evidence regarding this particular service within the range of library services provided to users.
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