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Subject Strengths

Use the following information to help you gather the information needed in the Subject Strengths part of the profile.

Overview

Subject Strengths provides buttons for accessing each of the Subject Strengths Class screens:

  • One screen for each class of the LC Classification, except class R (Medicine), and
  • One screen for the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Classification

Each Subject Strengths Class screen lets you indicate the strength of your institution's collection for a subject class.

The default strength level for each subject is 1. None or Minimal Information. Change the default level for each subject in which your institution's collection has a strength level of 2 or greater.

For help, see Levels of collection strength.

Information about LC Classification is available at
http://lcweb.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/lcco/lcco.html.

Information about NLM Classification is available at
http://wwwcf.nlm.nih.gov/class/.

If your institution uses the Dewey Decimal Classification, see the following for help indicating your collection's subject strengths in the profile:

If you cannot describe your library's special collections and staff expertise adequately using this part of the profile, you can enter up-to-10 keywords or phrases of your choosing in the Specialties part to describe them. Although you should complete this part, you can use the Specialties part to supplement it.

Indicate collection strength by subject 

Use the Subject Strengths part of the profile to indicate collection strength by subject. 

To go to this part of the profile, click the Collection Strengths tab on the Profile main menu and then click the Subject link below the tab.

Indicate collection strength by subject

To indicate collection strength by subject on each Subject Strengths Class screen:

  1. Click the radio button for the level of collection strength for each subject listed.
  2. Click the Save button. The system saves the levels.

Shortcut for indicating collection strength by subject

To reduce the number of individual radio buttons that you need to click on each Subject Strengths Class screen:

  1. In the set of radio buttons located at the top of the list, click the appropriate radio button for the level of most subjects on the screen.
  2. Click the Apply All button.
    • The system automatically selects the same radio button for all subjects listed on the screen.
  3. Click the appropriate radio button for each subject with a different level.
  4. Click the Save button. The system saves the levels.

 

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