Introduction

This thesaurus was constructed for the use of library and information science students, faculty members, librarians, and other users who would have some knowledge of the concept of library and information science. Therefore, the facets and sub-facets created reflect the knowledge background possessed by the potential users of this thesaurus. I utilized the ERIC Thesaurus and the ASIS Thesaurus of Information Science to help me construct this thesaurus. The Online Dictionary of Library and Information Science (ODLIS) was also effective in explaining some concepts in association with LIS. The ERIC thesaurus was useful for looking up some general concepts, as well as concepts that were related to education. However, since these documents come from a library and information science collection, I found the ASIS Thesaurus to be more useful in providing ideas on how to link the terms. Following the guidelines discussed in class with regard to term selection, I listed the terms in their singular or plural form accordingly. I avoided the use of punctuation unless necessary. Since this thesaurus is intended for Canadian users, I followed the conventions in Canadian word usage. Namely, this meant that I used the term "catalogue" instead of "catalog," which is the American style. The methodology that I employed in building this thesaurus was to begin with facets and sub-facets and listing concepts that I pulled from the subject statements under them. After that, I built relationships between the terms, using the two online thesauri as aids. As I progressed through facets and terms, more relationships were built and added between the terms. There were constant modifications in the construction of the thesaurus up until the last concept was indexed.