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Clare Lawton Beghtol

b. Feb. 15, 1942, Lincoln, Nebraska; d. Mar. 3, 2018, Toronto ON

Education:

BA (University of Chicago)
Graduate Studies in American Civilization (Brown University)
1981 MLS (University of Toronto)
1991 PhD (University of Toronto)

Positions:

1967- Teacher, Sir George Williams University (now Concordia University)
1969- Editor, Copp Clark, Toronto
1971-1978 Freelance editor and writer
1981- Chief Cataloguer/Indexer, Research Unit, CBC-TV Current Affairs
1987-1992 Director of Research, Ketchum Canada Inc.
1993-1998 Tenure-track position, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
1998- 2002 Associate Professor, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
2002-2004 Associate Dean, Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
2007-2009 Professor, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
2009-2018 Professor Emeritus

Publications:

Books:

Beghtol, Clare (1994). The classification of fiction: the development of a system based on theoretical principles. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1994.

Beghtol, Clare, Lynne C. Howarth, and Nancy J. Williamson, eds. (2000). Dynamism and stability in knowledge organization: proceedings of the sixth International ISKO Conference, 10-13 July 2000, Toronto, Canada. Würzburg, Germany: Ergon Verlag.

Williamson, Nancy J., and Clare Beghtol, eds. (2003). Knowledge organization and classification in international information retrieval. Binghamton, N.Y.: Haworth Information Press. Also published as Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 37, no.1/2.

Book Chapters:

Beghtol, Clare (2001). “Relationships in classificatory structure and meaning.” In Relationships in the organization of knowledge, edited by Carol A. Bean and Rebecca Green, 99-111. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Kluwer.

Beghtol, Clare (2002. “Cataloging and knowledge organization.” In Encyclopedia of communication and information, v. 1, 117-122. Woodbridge, Conn.: Macmillan Reference USA.

Beghtol, Clare (2006). “The facet concept as a universal principle of subdivision.” In Knowledge organization, information systems and other essays: Professor A Neelameghan Festschrift, edited by K.S. Raghavan and K.N. Prasad, 41-52. New Delhi: Ess Ess Publications.

Journal Articles:

Beghtol, Clare (1986). “Bibliographic classification theory and text linguistics: aboutness analysis, intertextuality and the cognitive act of classifying documents.” Journal of Documentation 42, no. 2 (June): 84–113.

Beghtol, Clare (1986). “Semantic validity: concepts of warrant in bibliographic classification systems.” Library Resources and Technical Services 30: 109-125.

Beghtol, Clare (1986). “The gender gap in library education and publication.” Journal of Education for Library and Information Science 27, no. 1 (July): 12–30.

Beghtol, Clare (1989). “Retrieval effectiveness: theory for an experimental methodology measuring user-perceived value of search outcome.” Libri 39, no. 1: 18–35.

Beghtol, Clare (1990-1991). “Access to fiction: a problem in classification theory and practice. Parts I and II.” International classification 16: 123-140 and 17: 21- 27.

Beghtol, Clare (1995). “Domain analysis, literary warrant, and consensus: the case of fiction studies.” Journal of the American Society for Information Science 46, no. 1 (January): 30–44.

Beghtol, Clare (1995). “Within, among, between: three faces of interdisciplinarity.” Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science 20, no. 2 (July): 30–41.

Beghtol, Clare (1995). “‘Facets’ as interdisciplinary undiscovered public knowledge: S. R. Ranganathan in India and L. Guttman in Israel.” Journal of Documentation 51, no. 3 (September): 194–224.

Beghtol, Clare (1997). “‘Itself an education’: classification systems, theory, and research in the information studies curriculum.” Technical Services Quarterly 15, no. 1-2 (September): 89–107.

Beghtol, Clare (1997). “Stories: applications of narrative discourse analysis to information storage and retrieval problems for works in the Arts, Humanities, and other disciplines.” Knowledge Organization 24: 64-71.

Beghtol, Clare (1998). “Knowledge domains: multidisciplinarity and bibliographic classification systems.” Knowledge Organization 25:1-12.

Beghtol, Clare (2001). “In interesting times: from the twentieth century to the twenty-first.” American Archivist 64: 143-158.

Beghtol, Clare (2001). “Knowledge representation and organization in the Iter bibliography: a web-based digital library for scholars of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.” Knowledge Organization 28, no.4: 170-179.

Beghtol, Clare (2002). “A proposed ethical warrant for global knowledge representation and organization systems.” Journal of Documentation 58, no. 5 (October): 507–532.

Beghtol, Clare (2003). “Classification for information retrieval and classification for knowledge discovery: relationships between “professional” and “naïve” classifications.” Knowledge Organization 30: 64-73.

Morris, Jane, Clare Beghtol, and Graeme Hirst (2003). “Term relationships and their contribution to text semantics and information literacy through lexical cohesion.” Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science 27, no. 3 (September): 140–141.

Beghtol, Clare (2004). “Exploring new approaches to the organization of knowledge: the subject classification of James Duff Brown. Special Issue. Pioneers in Library and Information Science.” Library Trends 52, no. 4: 702-718.

Beghtol, Clare (2004). “The Iter Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance: collaboration between information specialists and subject specialists in the Arts and Humanities.” Journal of Digital Information Management 2, no. 1 (March): 4-9.

Zins, Chaim, Anthony Debons, Clare Beghtol, et al. (2007). “Knowledge map of information science: implications for the future of the field.” Brazilian Journal of Information Science 1, no.1: 3-29.

Beghtol, Clare (2008). “From the universe of knowledge to the universe of concepts: the structural revolution in classification for information retrieval.” Axiomathes 18: 131-144.

Beghtol, Clare (2008). “Professional values and ethics in knowledge organization and cataloging.” Journal of Information Ethics 17, no. 1: 12-19.

Beghtol, Clare (2010). “Nancy J. Williamson and the International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO).” Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 48, no. 1:26-35.

Conference Proceedings:

Beghtol, Clare (1992.). “Toward a theory of fiction analysis for information storage and retrieval.” In Classification research for knowledge representation and organization: proceedings of the 5th International Study Conference on Classification Research, ISCCR ‘91, June 24-26, 1991, Toronto, Canada, edited by Nancy J. Williamson and Michèle Hudon, 39-48. Amsterdam: Elsevier.

Smith, Philip J., Clare Beghtol, et al. (1995). Advances in classification research, volume 4: proceedings of the 4th ASIS SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop, Oct. 23, 1993, Columbus, Ohio. Medford, N.J.: Published by Information Today, Inc. for the American Society for Information Science and Technology. Won “Best SIG Publication Award,” ASIS, 1993.

Beghtol, Clare (1997). “Graphic representations of hierarchical systems: preliminary study.” In Advances in classification research, volume 7: proceedings of the 7th ASIS SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop, Oct. 20, 1996, Baltimore, Md., edited by Paul Solomon, 22-43. Medford, N.J.: Published by Information Today, Inc. for the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Beghtol, Clare (1997). “What is an event? Domain analysis of narrative documents.” In Knowledge organization for information retrieval: proceedings of the sixth International Study Conference on Classification Research 16-18 June 1997, University College London UK. FID, 716, 57-59. The Hague: International Federation for Information and Documentation.

Beghtol, Clare (1998). “General classification systems: structural principles for multidisciplinary specification.” In Structures and relations in knowledge organization: proceedings of the 5th International ISKO Conference, 25-29 August 1998, Lille, France, edited by Widad Mustafa el Hadi, Jacques Maniez and Steven A. Pollitt, 59-67. Würzburg, Germany: Ergon Verlag.

Schwartz, Raymond P., Clare Beghtol, and Barbara H. Kwaśnik, eds. (1998). Advances in classification research, volume 6: proceedings, 6th ASIS SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop, Oct. 8, 1995, Chicago, Il. Medford, N.J.: Published by Information Today, Inc. for the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Beghtol, Clare (1998). “Mapping sentences and classification schedules as methods of displaying facets.” In Proceedings of the 6th ASIS SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop, 9 Oct. 1995, Chicago, Il., edited by Raymond Schwartz et al., 1-12. Medford, N.J.: Published by Information Today, Inc. for the American Society for Information Science.

Beghtol, Clare (2000). “A whole, its kinds, and its parts.” In Dynamism and stability in knowledge organization: proceedings of the 6th International ISKO Conference, 10-13 July 2000, Toronto, Canada, edited by Clare Beghtol, Lynne C. Howarth, and Nancy J. Williamson, 313-319. Würzburg, Germany: Ergon Verlag.

Beghtol, Clare, Lynne C. Howarth, and Williamson, Nancy J. eds. (2000). Dynamism and stability in knowledge organization: proceedings of the sixth International ISKO Conference, 10-13 July 2000, Toronto, Canada. Würzburg, Germany. Ergon Verlag.

Beghtol, Clare (2002). “Universal concepts, cultural warrant, and cultural hospitality.” In Challenges in knowledge representation and organization: integration of knowledge across boundaries: proceedings of the seventh International ISKO Conference 10-13 July 2002 Granada, Spain, edited by Maria J. Huertas, 45-49. Würzburg: Ergon.

Beghtol, Clare (2003). “The Iter bibliography: international standard subject access to Medieval and Renaissance materials (400-1700).” In Subject retrieval in a networked environment: papers presented at an IFLA Satellite Meeting, sponsored by the IFLA Section of Classification and Indexing and the IFLA Section on Information Technology, 14-16 August, 2001, OCLC, Dublin, Ohio, USA., edited by Ia C. McIlwaine, 74-81. Munich: K.G. Saur.

Morris, Jane, Clare Beghtol, and Graeme Hirst (2003). “Term relationships and their contribution to text semantics and information literacy through lexical cohesion.” In Bridging the digital divide: equalizing access to information and communication technologies: proceedings of the 31st annual Canadian association for information science/L’Association canadienne des sciences de l’information conference 30 May-June 1, 2003 Halifax, Nova Scotia., edited by William C. Peekhaus, and Louise F. Spiteri.

Beghtol, Clare (2004). “James Duff Brown’s Subject Classification and evaluation methods for classification systems.” In Proceedings 15th Workshop of the American Society for Information Science and Technology Special Interest Group in Classification Research 13 November 2004 Providence, R.I.

Beghtol, Clare (2004). “Naïve classification systems and the global information society.” In Knowledge organization and the global information society: proceedings of the eighth International ISKO Conference 13-16 July 2004 London, UK, edited by Ia C. McIlwaine, 19-22. Würzburg: Ergon.

Beghtol, Clare, Jonathan Furner, and Barbara Kwaśnik, eds. (2004). Advances in classification research, volume 13: proceedings of the 13th ASIS SIG/CR Classification Research Workshop, Nov. 17, 2002, Philadelphia, Penn. Medford, N.J.: Published by Information Today, Inc. for the American Society for Information Science and Technology.

Beghtol, Clare (2007). “The global learning society and the iterative relationship between theory and practice in knowledge organization systems.” In Knowledge organization for a global learning society: proceedings of the ninth International ISKO Conference 4-7 July 2007 Vienna, Austria, edited by Gerhard Budin, Christian Swertz, and Konstantin Mitgutsch, 159-164. Würzburg: Ergon Verlag.

Associations/Committees:

Acting Editor-in-Chief, Knowledge Organization,1999-2000
Chair, American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Special Interest Group/Classification Research (SIG/CR), 1993-1994
President, International Society for Knowledge Organization (ISKO), 1998-2002
Member, Universal Decimal Classification Advisory Board
Member, American Library Association
Member, Canadian Library Association

Comments:

“Beghtol was a scholar of classification theory and one of the top theorists world wide.”
“It can be said that she is the leading classification theorist in North America” wrote her colleague, Nancy Williamson.”
“Her areas of research and publication include[d] classification theory, the relationship of conceptual universals to cultural warrant, subject access systems and the relationship of interdisciplinarity to information systems and services.”

When Beghtol retired from the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto in 2009, academics honoured her in a special issue of “Knowledge Organization” 37 (2) 2010. Lynne C. Howarth, a colleague, who authored this festschrift, wrote “Beghtol’s research and theoretical writings have been important in and to the development of the field of knowledge organization, and have exerted a palpable influence, such that Beghtol would appear to align with the definition of “pioneer”.

“Dean Wendy Duff [Faculty of Information, University of Toronto] remembered co-teaching one of her very first classes with Beghtol, who, she said, “discussed the theories of classification with brilliance and clarity. She was the most amazing scholar and a deeply caring human being. One could not have had a better role model.”

In her spare time, Beghtol also wrote poetry. The journal Atlantis published two of her poems in 1980: “On the significance of cats”, and “Ice wind”.

Sources:

Williamson, Nancy J. (2010). ``Clare Begtol: teacher, researcher and theoretician.” Knowledge Organization 37, no 2: 101-105.
Haworth, Lynne C. (2010). “Clare Beghtol: exploring new approaches to the organization of knowledge.” Knowledge Organization 37, no. 2: 95-100.
Obituary: Clare Beghtol (1942-2018). University of Toronto, Faculty of Information. Accessed June 29, 2020.
Beghtol, Clare (2001). “Knowledge representation and organization in the Iter bibliography: a web-based digital library for scholars of the Middle Ages and Renaissance.” Knowledge Organization 28, no.4: 170.

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