Cataloging Hebrew Materials in the Online Environment: A Comparative Study of American and Israeli Approaches

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This comprehensive text clarifies the rules and practices of descriptive and subject cataloging of Hebrew-alphabet materials. At the same time it chronicles the historical and descriptive cataloging and classification traditions in two centers of Hebrew cataloging-Washington and Jerusalem. The authors provide guidelines for formulating headings and uniform titles; analyze and demonstrate systems for transliteration and transcription; and trace (structurally and historically) classification systems for Judaica, Hebraica, and Israelitica. Librarians with Internet access to Israeli systems will also find the tools they need to search and understand those catalogs. This exploration and comparison of the approaches of America's RLIN and Israel's ALEPH bibliographic networks closes with an analysis of the potential for exchanging Hebrew bibliographic data and a forecast of the implication of automation for the future of Hebrew cataloging worldwide.

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Discusses the history, rules, and customs of the very different traditions followed by the two centers of Hebrew cataloging: the Library of Congress and the Jewish National and University Library in Jerusalem. Explores the differences between American and Israeli automation of the Hebraica library, and in particular, the two major bibliographic networks with vernacular Hebrew cataloging capability: American's RLIN and Israel's ALEPH-based academic library network. Analyzes the potential for exchanging Hebrew bibliographic data. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563083587
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/18/1998
  • Pages: 224

Meet the Author

SUSAN S. LAZINGER is Senior Lecturer, School of Library Science, Archive & Information Studies, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

SHEILA S. INTNER is Professor and Director, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts. She has received several awards, including ALA's Margaret Mann Citation Award for outstanding contributions to education for cataloging and classification.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Traditions and Practices
1 Traditional Hebraica Bibliography 3
2 Hebraica Descriptive Cataloging: Segregated or Integrated? 11
3 Romanization and Transliteration Systems 31
4 Special Problems of Hebrew: Variant Orthography 63
5 Headings and Uniform Titles: American and Israeli Practices 73
6 Description: American and Israeli Practices 101
7 Hebraica, Judaica, and Israelitica Subject Cataloging 115
Pt. II Hebraica Library Automation
8 Hebrew Character Sets: Development and State of the Art 157
9 The American Scene: Hebrew in RLIN 167
10 The Israeli Scene: Hebrew in ALEPH 181
11 Automation and Cooperation: Exchanging Machine-Readable Hebrew Cataloging, or Synthesizing the Traditions 191
12 Hebrew Cataloging Online: Present Innovations, Future Implications 197
Bibliography 203
Index 219
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