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A fellow reader of AUTOCAT linked to a brief business¬†article in the New York Times which will interest librarians in general, but catalogers in particular. Can’t Decide? Look for the Label¬†describes a study in which students were shown the same 144 magazines in two make-believe store settings. In the one, the magazines were divided into 3 subject categories. In the other they were divided into 18 subject categories. The students thought that store 2 provided much greater variety of magazine choices.¬† I, personally, am not going to rush out and add more subject headings to the records in my catalog but the phenomenon described in the article does intrigue me. It applies to coffee, too!

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