The Répertoire des vedettes matières of the Laval University

The Department of normalisation for indexing of the Library of the Laval University in Quebec has worked out on the « Repertoire de vedettes matières » RVM since 1940. This catalogue is the French translation and adaptation of the Library of Congress subject headings. It is a help for indexing used by many French speaking libraries and Rameau is based on it as well as on the LCSH. This article presents the way in wich work is organised in the department and in all the Laval library. It describes the different works necessary to build a subject heading, an authority file and all the manuals used for indexing documents.