Cataloging and Classification for Library Technicians / Edition 2

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Structure your workload with this comprehensive guide to the role and responsibilities of library technicians!

More than basic instructions on how to do library classification, this classic work is a how-to handbook covering all aspects of a library technician's job. Cataloging and Classification for Library Technicians, Second Edition, gives step-by-step instructions for all aspects of cataloging and classification of library materials (book and non-book), emphasizing copy cataloging but also discussing original cataloging. Because much has changed in the library field since the first edition of this valuable resource was published in 1995, each chapter has been revised and updated, and an entire new chapter has been added to discuss computer cataloging in the MARC format and cataloging of Internet materials. Cataloging and Classification for Library Technicians, Second Edition, interprets and explains cataloging rules and how they should be applied. Kao describes library organization and personnel patterns to illustrate the relationship between library technicians and other library staff.

Library technicians will find many helpful features in Cataloging and Classification for Library Technicians, Second Edition, including:

  • definitions of relevant terminology
  • review questions to focus learning
  • a list of suggested readings
  • routines and responsibilities of library technicians
  • issues and trends in library cataloging and classification
  • detailed tables and figures to enable easier learning
  • many convenient Web addresses for up-to-date information
Cataloging and Classification for Library Technicians, Second Edition, is an ideal text to use in programs for library technical assistants and a handy reference for practicing library technicians.
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Editorial Reviews

Margaret K. Wang
Like its first edition, this is a good reference and training tool . . . extensive explanation of tools used in cataloging. I highly recommend this book.
Library Journal
Based on her 20 years of experience teaching cataloging and classification, the author has produced a straightforward introduction to the basic terms, concepts, procedures, and resources used in technical services departments. Kao has clearly aimed this work at students involved in library technology associate's degree programs. Her text is well organized. Concepts and terms are given clear, precise definitions. Each chapter ends with a set of appropriate review questions. Of particular value is the chapter on descriptive cataloging that effectively demythologizes Anglo American Cataloging Rules (AACR). Little attention, however, is made to MARC format and cataloging in automated environments. This textbook is worthy of consideration by everyone involved in library technology associate programs, but it is not a working manual and by no means should be considered a substitute for on-the-job training.Rodger Smith, Charleston Cty. Lib., S.C.
Explains all aspects of cataloging and classification of book and nonbook library materials, emphasizing copy cataloging and also discussing original cataloging, from the perspective of the library technician's role. Interprets cataloging rules, describes library organization and personnel patterns, and illustrates the relationship between library technicians and other library staff. Includes chapter glossaries and review questions. Paper edition (unseen), $14.95. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789010629
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 1/28/2002
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 166
  • Product dimensions: 8.70 (w) x 6.18 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Table of Contents


  • Preface
  • Preface to the Second Edition
  • Chapter 1. Introduction
  • Terminology
  • The Organization of the Library
  • The Library Personnel
  • Cataloging and the Library Technician
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 2. Library Catalogs
  • Terminology
  • Functions of the Catalogs
  • Types of Catalogs
  • Elements of a Bibliographic Record
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 3. Tools Used for Cataloging
  • Terminology
  • Introduction
  • Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition, 1998 Revision
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Sears List of Subject Headings
  • Dewey Decimal Classification and Relative Index
  • Library of Congress Classification Schedules, A-Z
  • C. A. Cutter's Three Figure Author Table
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 4. Descriptive Cataloging
  • Terminology
  • Introduction
  • Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second, 1998 Revision
  • Part I. Description
  • Part II. Headings, Uniform Titles, and References
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 5. Subject Headings
  • Terminology
  • Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Sears List of Subject Headings
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 6. Classification
  • Terminology
  • Dewey Decimal Classification System
  • Book Number for the DDC
  • Library of Congress Classification System
  • Book Number for LCCS
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 7. Copy Cataloging
  • Terminology
  • Sources for Copy Cataloging
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 8. Cataloging on Computers
  • Terminology
  • Introduction
  • The MARC Format
  • Original and Copy Cataloging on Computers
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 9. The Cataloging Department
  • Terminology
  • Organization
  • The Authority File
  • Cataloging Routines
  • Processing Routines
  • Filing
  • Review Questions
  • Chapter 10. Issues and Trends
  • Reclassification
  • Recataloging
  • Closing the Card Catalog
  • Retrospective Conversion
  • Outsourcing
  • Cooperation
  • The Dublin Core
  • Trends
  • Review Questions
  • Suggested Readings
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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