Beginning Cataloging

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In Beginning Cataloging, Jean Weihs and Sheila Intner offer a pragmatic approach that combines short instructional explanations with extensive examples and exercises. The reader will learn how to apply standard descriptive cataloging rules to assign subject headings and classification numbers and to create electronic records. The book begins by examining the cataloging-in-publication data found on the verso of most books. Then, chapter-by-chapter, it explains how this data can be developed into a complete bibliographic record that can be used in an online public catalog.

Covering all types of material formats, including books, audiovisuals, images, sound, electronic resources, and more, Beginning Cataloging conveys cataloging principles and practical methods for implementing them, empowering students with an understanding of the language of cataloging. Useful for library technicians and those working in areas where formal training is not accessible, the book can also be used as a workbook in formal education programs or distance education programs.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Perfect for training beginning school or public library catalogers the essentials of cataloging."



"Useful for people studying to be library technicians, both in classroom settings and on their own, this volume includes practical information on descriptive cataloging, choosing access points, and making the calls on subject headings and classification. It mostly covers cases where the cataloger starts with cataloging-in-publication (CIP) data but also includes information on conversion to appropriate Sears subject headings. Written by Jean Weihs, who has taught cataloging to librarians, library technicians and school librarians for the past fifty years, and Intner (library science, Simmons College), this practical handbook includes a wealth of exercises, a glossary, and a useful index containing references to both text and to figures and examples."


Reference & Research Book News

"Beginning Cataloging is a good place for beginning catalogers to start. . . . Both authors have extensive publication lists, and years of teaching experience to draw upon. Needless to say the book is authoritative and well-written. . . . The book would therefore be useful in both public and academic libraries. . . . Beginning Cataloging succeeds at laying a solid foundation for the detailed application of cataloging standards, and as such it is recommended."



"Written by two experienced catalogers, this volume provides an excellent introduction to the practice of cataloging in any library. . . . as an overview to the history and current practices of cataloging, this work cannot be ignored. The simple language, examples, and clear descriptions of processes and techniques make it a valuable tool for any beginning cataloger or worker in a technical-services department."



"The perfect book for the non-cataloguer who has forgotten much of their introductory cataloging course or the library science student or paraprofessional who needs to learn the very basics of what descriptive cataloging entails. It may also prove to be an excellent companion volume to organization of information courses that would prepare students for the leap into a true cataloging course. At the very least, the clear and understandable writing of this book should make an easy read for any library science student or non-cataloger who needs to understand what we catalogers are talking about."



"This title will be useful to any staff member needing a concise explanation of cataloging in the twenty-first century, and is recommended to libraries of all sorts and sizes."


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591586876
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/1/2009
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1

Standardized Cataloging 1

Functions of the Catalog 2

Further Learning 2

A Word About the Figures and Exercises 3

Notes 3

2 Cataloging-in-Publication 5

Using CIP to Build a Bibliographic Record 6

Looking at a CIP in Detail 11

International Standard Bibliographic Description 11

3 Descriptive Cataloging 13

Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules 13

The Concise AACR2 30

The Future of Descriptive Cataloging 31

Cataloging Tools Mentioned in Chapter 3 31

Exercises 32

4 Access Points 35

Choosing the Main Entry/Primary Access Point 35

Choosing Added Entries 36

Establishing Proper Forms for Headings/Access Points 38

Form of Personal Names 41

Form of Corporate Body Names 43

Forms of Geographic Names 48

Forms of Titles 49

Name Cross-References 57

Exercises 57

5 Subject Headings 63

Sears and LCSH: A Comparison 63

CIP Records and Subject Headings 70

Choosing Subject Headings 71

Subject Cross-References 72

Subject Headings for Literary Works 73

LC's Annotated Card Program 73

The Canadian Connection 74

Cataloging Tools Mentioned in Chapter 5 80

Exercises 80

6 Classification 89

DDC and LCC: A Comparison 89

The Dewey Decimal Classification 91

Library of Congress Classification 99

Cataloging Tools Mentioned in Chapter 6 103

Exercises 104

7 Computer Coding 109

Introduction 109

Elements of MARC Records 110

Cataloging Tools Mentioned in Chapter 7 114

Exercises 114

8 Copy Cataloging 127

Introduction 127

Policy Issues 128

Overview of the Operation 130

Summary 132

Appendix 135

Glossary 163

Indexes 175

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