Services documentaires multimédias

The librarian’s toolbox

The products and services to which SDM gives you access make use of processing tools that are commonly used in cataloguing. When you use SDM products and services, you not only save time, but you can be sure you are being efficient, because you are "talking the same language" as the majority of your peers.

No need to reinvent the wheel— Using SDM's processing tools helps you save time and be more efficient!

SDM’s Authorities

Fautor includes authorities, which are an essential building block of cataloguing databases. Fautor allows you to determine exactly how to write the name of a given person, corporate author, uniform title or collection. Using Fautor helps ensure that access to bibliographic information is consistent and reliable.

Fautor includes some 468 000 author headings (including uniform titles) and 62 000 collection headings. Because Fautor is constantly being updated, it grows by close to 12,000 records each year. Each record is prepared in compliance with the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2) or, since 2013, in compliance with the Resource Description and Access (RDA) rules for cataloguing of RDA bibliographic records.

Fautor is particularly useful for teams that are limited in size or level of specialization. It allows them to do more extensive cataloguing despite the lack of resources. In fact, it enables searching by selected headings or from the See and See also links.

And the Fautor+ version, below, makes this tool even easier to incorporate into your cataloguing process.

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Youth subject headings

The key that opens the doors to knowledge for young people!

How do we foster young people’s desire to read, to explore and to discover the world through their library? SDM’s Vedettes-matière jeunesse (VMJ) is a directory of French subject headings that is an exceptional tool for learning institutions and public libraries. Taking its inspiration from the Répertoire de vedettes-matière (RVM), VMJ indexes most of the works aimed at youth.

But VMJ’s approach goes well beyond alphabetising: it lets you search the directory using keywords, combine searches and truncate search strings. It is a complete tool with at least 20 000 interrelated access points (forbidden terms) to some 10 000 authority records.

Available over the Internet, VMJ is updated weekly. Lists of new subject headings created over a three months period is available.

And the VMJ+ version makes this directory even easier to incorporate into your cataloguing process.

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Subject headings

The RVM on CD-ROM (Répertoire des vedettes-matière) is an encyclopedic thesaurus that provides a vital tool for document research and processing.

It includes the following:
• Nearly 290 000 headings of common and geographic names;
• Nearly 590 000 terms, including generic, specific, associated and forbidden terms (links);
• English equivalents of the Canadian Subject Headings and the Library of Congress Subject Headings.

RVM was developed at Laval University, Québec, Québec, with the financial contribution of Library and Archives Canada. It is already in use in a number of French-speaking countries and has been recognised as the indexing standard by Library and Archives Canada.

It is available on CD-ROM for which SDM is the exclusive distributor. Results from subject-heading searches can be printed as well as imported into a local computer cataloguing system. MARC and ASCII formats are available. What's more, an RVM-Lots program unit makes it possible to create a local authorities file. Updates are published each six months, in February and August.

Web version of RVM is available from Université Laval at the following :

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French AACR2

The Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2) make up the cataloguing standard that is recognized in Canada and North America. These rules are also widely used around the world.

The current French version of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2) is available on the Web. The Web version closely follows the presentation of the French printed version and has a very user-friendly interface.

Among other features, the Web version allows for faster updates. Its search engine also makes it possible to instantaneously find all instances of any concept. Hyperlinks ensure optimal results during navigation. And lastly, compatibility with most Web browsers is guaranteed.

RCAA2/Web offers the 2nd edition of RCAA2, 1998 revision, including all updates up to 2005.

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