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What is RVM?

RVM is a partially bilingual encyclopedic thesaurus whose terms are classified according to a specific syntax. The constantly expanding database contains subject heading records that are broken down into

  • common names, for example Chirurgie vétérinaire ; Enfants artistes ; Oiseaux nocturnes
  • geographic names, for example Canada ; Paris (France) ; Saint-Laurent (Fleuve)
  • and general, form, chronological, and geographic subdivisions.

RVM is both an adaptation…

RVM has partially adapted the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) and fully adapted the Canadian Subject Headings (CSH) of Library and Archives Canada into French in a manner that reflects the specificities of the French language.

…and a source of “original” subject headings

RVM includes subject headings with no English equivalent. These subject headings take into account realities that are not considered by other lists.

But RVM is more than that

RVM includes equivalents of concepts taken from two specialized thesauruses, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) from the National Library of Medicine, and the Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

RVM is a Canadian standard

The Université Laval Library (ULL) receives a contribution from Library and Archives Canada (LAC), which has recognized RVM as the national standard for French-language indexing since 1974. This collaboration with LAC allows the RVM team to stay abreast of the latest developments in cataloguing and indexing standards.

RVM and MARC

RVM data is coded using the MARC21 format.

RVM at a glance

RVM contains common name authority files; certain proper name authorities, including geographical names; four types of subdivisions; see references; and equivalent terms from other indexing languages.

Detail of statistics:

 

Authority types Statistics
Total number of subject headings

282, 671

Total number of topical terms 178,702
Total number of geographic names 52,413
Topical terms: statistics for various authority types  
100 Personal Names 1,589
110 Corporate Names 2,122
111 Meeting Names 6
130 Uniform Titles 355
150 Topical Terms 162,010
151->150 Topical terms beginning with a Geographic Name 12,348
155 Genre/Form Terms 272
   
Subdivisions : statistics for each of the four types  
180 General Subdivisions 3,864
181 Geographic Subdivisions 46,990
182 Chronological Subdivisions 36
185 Form Subdivisions 666
   
Total number of see references 314,741
Original headings with no equivalent 52,901
100 Personal Names 421
110 Corporate Names 995
111 Meeting Names 0
130 Uniform Titles 11
150 Topical Terms 16,183
151 Geographic Names 19,098
180 General Subdivisions 168
181 Geographic Subdivisions 16,004
182 Chronological Subdivisions 0
185 Form Subdivisions 10
   
Number of subject headings with at least one equivalent  
Library of Congress Subject Headings equivalents 200,173
Medical Subject Headings equivalents 11,348
Canadian Subject Headings equivalents 2,439
Art and Architecture Thesaurus equivalents 10,962
RAMEAU equivalents 4,576
   
Number of records with at least one LC call number 46,153

Other RVM products and services

Machine translation

For French-English and English-French translation of subject headings and descriptors contained in bibliographic records, on a daily basis, in batches or one-by-one, or in retrospective cataloguing batches. This service is available on a subscription basis only.

RVM training and Le Guide pratique du RVM

To help indexers learn how to use RVM properly.

RVM Staff

A team of five librarians and three library assistants are tasked with developing RVM.

Jo-Anne Bélair
Head of RVM

Jo-Anne Bélair
Téléphone: 418-656-2131 ext. 2871
Fax: 418-656-3910

Main duties:

  • Team management
  • Management of RVM FTP subscriptions

Isabelle Jandet
Secretary


Téléphone: 418-656-2131 ext. 6315
Fax: 418-656-3910

Main duties:

  • Management of RVM online subscriptions
  • Management of machine translation subscriptions

Danielle Lavoie
Library Assistant

Danielle Lavoie
Téléphone: 418-656-2131 ext. 14574
Fax: 418-656-3910

Main duties:

  • Data entry in the RVM database and entry quality control
  • Updating the RVM website
  • Reception and telephone

Sylvie Bélanger
Library Resource Specialist

Sylvie Bélanger
Téléphone: 418-656-2131 ext. 6114
Fax: 418-656-3910

Main duties:

  • Training indexers to use RVM
  • RVM site webmaster
  • Updating Le Guide pratique du RVM

Subscribers served:

  • Réseau informatisé des bibliothèques gouvernementales du Québec (RIBG)
  • National Assembly of Québec
  • Ministère des Transports du Québec
  • Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)
  • Université du Québec à Rimouski (UQAR)
  • Université Laval (UL)

Dany Chiasson
Library Resource Specialist

Dany Chiasson
Téléphone: 418-656-2131 ext. 6153
Fax: 418-656-3910

Main duties:

  • Geographic names
  • Updating of geographic names in RVM further to LCSH geographic names updates
  • RVM project to review Common Law subject headings

Subscribers served:

  • Université de Montréal (UdeM)
  • Université de Sherbrooke (UdeS)
  • Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR)
  • Université Laval (UL)

Denise Dolbec
Library Resource Specialist

Denise Dolbec
Téléphone: 418-656-2131 ext. 6105
Fax: 418-656-3910

Main duties:

  • Training indexers to use RVM
  • Updating and enhancing Le Guide pratique du RVM content
  • Updating RVM subject headings further to LCSH common names updates
  • Geographic names

Subscribers served:

  • Library and Archives Canada (LAC)
  • École Polytechnique de Montréal
  • École des Hautes études commerciales (HEC)
  • Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)
  • Université Laval (UL)

Rose-Marie Racine-April
Library Resource Specialist

Rose-Marie Racine-April
Téléphone: 418-656-2131 ext. 6155
Fax: 418-656-3910

Main duties:

  • Translation and creation of subject headings

Subscribers served:

  • Services documentaires multimédia (SDM)
  • Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ)
  • Radio-Canada
  • Université de Moncton
  • Université Laval (UL)

Marie-Joëlle Tardif
Library Technician

Marie-Joëlle Tardif
Téléphone: 418-656-2131 ext. 6120
Fax: 418-656-3910

Main duties:

  • Translation and creation of subject headings
  • Updating the RVM website
  • Technical support

Find out more about the history of RVM

Consult the following articles:

Gascon, Pierre. « Le Répertoire de vedettes-matière de la Bibliothèque de l'Université Laval : sa genèse et son évolution », Documentation et bibliothèques, 1993, vol. 39, no 3, pp. 129-139 (part one) ; 1994, vol. 40, no 1, p. 25-32 (part 2). This article is available in PDF.

Dolbec, Denise. « Le répertoire de vedettes-matière : outil du XXIe siècle », Documentation et bibliothèques, 2006, vol. 52, no 2, p. 99-108. This article is is available PDF.