Modern librarians need a variety of tools, including hierarchical taxonomies. Information is arranged into hierarchies using this taxonomy structure, with more general terms at the top and more specific terms at the bottom. Librarians can easily organize, index, and aid retrieval by mastering the use of hierarchical taxonomies, enabling users to retrieve information resources more quickly and effectively. In this blog post, we’ll look at the foundations of hierarchical taxonomies and the best working methods for contemporary librarians.
Although subject terms are where hierarchical taxonomies are most commonly used in libraries, they can be helpful in other situations where you need a structured and controlled set of meta-data descriptors. To index items that are helpful or pertinent to members of those groups, you might want to create separate taxonomies for your organization’s academic departments, work teams, and practice groups. You might want to develop additional taxonomies for types of work, legal entities, industries, regions, places, etc. in a professional library.
The benefit of doing this is that it gives the user a variety of ways to access the information resources and allows for quick filtering to find the one they need for their task. Therefore, a student can quickly locate any titles they need for their course. Without having to sift through hundreds of items under Contract Law, a lawyer acting for the Seller who needs a Conveyancing Contract for the Aircraft industry can find one quickly.
At the end of the day, hierarchical taxonomies ensure consistent retrieval of items indexed by a single descriptor, while multiple hierarchical taxonomies take searching and discovery to a more advanced level. Multiple hierarchical taxonomies make space for unforeseen and multi-dimensional searches to meet specific information requirements of the user, saving them time and giving them confidence that they can find the things they need. Before you choose a library system stop and think if you need functionality for single or multi-hierarchical taxonomies, but at the very least make sure the taxonomy is hierarchical and not simply flat for all but the smallest of library collections.