SACO + Subject Headings at Yale

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Last revised: 16 September 2011
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 - 5:09pm

SACO Coordinating Committee

SACO Coordinating Committee


The SACO Coordinating Committee is responsible for coordinating the Library's ongoing participation in the Subject Authority Cooperative (SACO) component of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC). The SACO program allows catalog librarians to propose new and updated authority records for inclusion in Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and the LC/SACO Authority File.

The SACO Coordinating Committee is charged to:
  • determine and document local SACO policies and procedures
  • recommend changes to local SACO policies and procedures
  • sponsor LCSH and SACO training for catalog librarians
  • review Yale's SACO proposals (upon request)
  • keep current with national developments relating to the SACO program
  • draft official Library responses to proposed rule changes that would affect SACO practice
  • work with the Cataloging Corrdinating Council and the Catalog Policy and Documentation Committee to determine and document local policies and procedures for subject analysis

The Committee will report to the Cataloging Coordinating Council. Its chair and members will be appointed to open-ended terms. Preference will be given to catalog librarians who have made successful SACO proposals, been involved in professional activities that focus on LCSH (e.g. ALCTS/CCS Subject Analysis Committee), or expressed a strong interest in subject analysis issues.


  • Christopher Smith, Catalog Librarian, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (2005-, chair 2008- )
  • Éva Bolkovac, Assistant Catalog Management Librarian (2010- )
  • Larry Heiman, Catalog Librarian, YUL NACO Coordinator (2017- )
  • Tachtorn (Wheat) Meier, Catalog Librarian, Copy Cataloging Team  (2010- )
  • Yukari Sugiyama​, Japanese Technical Services Librarian (2014- )
  • Jia Xu, Chinese Technical Services Librarian (2017- )


Meeting Time

  • The SACO Coordinating Committee meets the last Wednesday each month during the academic year from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in 344 Winchester, Technical Services

Comments to: Christopher Smith

Last modified: 
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 - 12:11pm

FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology)


*FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) is a fully enumerative faceted subject heading schema derived from the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH), a widely-used subject-access vocabulary published and maintained by the Library of Congress. The development of FAST has been a collaboration of OCLC and the Library of Congress with advice from members of the ALCTS/SAC/Subcommittee on FAST.

Beginning in September 2013, OCLC is systematically adding FAS headings to WorldCat bibliographic records. The records affected will already have LCSH assigned,and the routines will be applied only to records that are attributed as being English-language-of-cataloging.

For more information about FAST, click here.


YUL Local Workflow on FAST Headings

We get the FAST Headings via record loads from vendors and/or records imported from OCLC. FAST Headings can be in the form of 600 (personal names), 610 (corporate name), 611 (events), 630 (titles), 648 (chronological), 650(topics), 651(geographic name) and 655 (form/genre). All FAST Headings would have second indicator "7" with "ǂ2 fast" and "ǂ0 (OCoLC)fst" 

REMEBER that we will continue to retain the Library of Congress Subject Heading (6xx _0), the Medical Subject Headings (6xx _2), and Form/Genre (655 _7 ǂ2 lcgft (or ǂ2 lctgm)

Example of FAST Headings from WorldCat #818953763

  • 600 17 Obama, Barack. ǂ2 fast ǂ0 (OCoLC)fst00348231
  • 600 17 Romney, Mitt. ǂ2 fast ǂ0 (OCoLC)fst00355923
  • 650 7 Presidential candidates. ǂ2 fast ǂ0 (OCoLC)fst01075708
  • 650 7 Presidents ǂx Election. ǂ2 fast ǂ0 (OCoLC)fst01075747
  • 651 7 United States. ǂ2 fast ǂ0 (OCoLC)fst01204155
  • 648 7 2012 ǂ2 fast 

The SACO Coordinating Committee and the Catalog Coordinating Council (CCC) have approved to:

  • Retain all FAST headings in the bibliographic record. Do Not Delete!!!
  • Do not manually add FAST Headings in the bibliographic record. It is OK to overlay Voyager records with OCLC records that have been enhanced with FAST headings.

The Backstage Library Works Automation Service, our vender for MARS processing, also retains FAST Headings in our bibliographic records, as per our profile..