When I arrived at library school at the University of Toronto in 2001, Nancy Williamson had mostly retired and was just teaching a half course a year on subject analysis. It was a very good course, I learned a lot, and I knew I was getting one of the last chances to learn from one of the greats. Outside of class Prof. Williamson was very friendly: I talked to her in the library, in the hall, even walked with her up to the subway once in a cold winter wind. She talked about writing FRBR (her name is on it), meeting people in the Classification Research Group, travelling in India, and more.
I was delighted to see today that Cataloguing & Classification Quarterly 48: 1 is a Festschrift in her honour. The introduction is by Lynne Howarth and one article is by Clare Beghtol, two other professors I studied under and who must have studied under Nancy Williamson. With Joe Cox, director of the library school library, they were the four who taught me cataloguing. What I learned from them all inside and outside the classroom has stayed with me ever since. I was lucky enough to be at the Faculty of Information Studies when it was one of the top schools in the world for cataloguing.
- Lynne C. Howarth, "Is There a Catalog in Your Future?" Celebrating Nancy J. Williamson: Scholar, Educator, Colleague, Mentor" DOI: 10.1080/01639370903351413
- Nancy J. Williamson, "Is There a Catalog in Your Future? Access to Information in the Year 2006" DOI: 10.1080/01639370903339913
- Clare Beghtol, "Nancy J. Williamson and the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO)" DOI: 10.1080/01639370903346652
- I. C. McIlwaine, "Universal Bibliographic Control and the Quest for a Universally Acceptable Subject Arrangement" DOI: 10.1080/01639370903356388
- Julianne Beall; Joan S. Mitchell, "History of the Representation of the DDC in the MARC Classification Format" DOI: 10.1080/01639370903345019
- Michèle Hudon, "Teaching Classification" DOI: 10.1080/01639370903356370
- James M. Turner, "From ABC to http: The Effervescent Evolution of Indexing for Audiovisual Materials" DOI: 10.1080/01639370903341919
- Louise F. Spiteri, "Incorporating Facets into Social Tagging Applications: An Analysis of Current Trends" DOI: 10.1080/01639370903338345