Crash Course in Cataloging for Non-Catalogers: A Casual Conversation on Organizing Information

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People who run small, rural libraries without formal education will use this book to help them make informed decisions about the organization of their library and the information it holds. This is one of the key tasks in any library. While many librarians may buy all of their items already cataloged, they may need to catalog an item, change a subject heading, or tape a classification number to a book.

Reading this book, analyzing the examples, and working through problem sets provides an exciting introduction to organizing the library. It serves as an excellent tool for staff development of paraprofessionals.

Non-catalogers can organize library collections when they use information available which has been created by professional catalogers. This books explains the tools of the trade, becoming familiar with all the parts of the record, how to adapt another's work cutting and pasting descriptions.

The practice problems will be useful to workshop presenters who will use this book in teaching newly hired librarians who will be working, often unassisted, in small libraries.

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"Written with minimal theory and much practical and hands-on experience, this work by an associate faculty associate in the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin—Madison is of great value not only to the nonprofessional cataloger but also to the cataloging student or any librarian wishing to know more about what goes on in the process of cataloging. . . . Kaplan provides a fast read to one wishing only a quick overview, while simultaneously providing practical experience for the one wishing to delve more into the topics addressed. . . . A very detailed index enables use of the volume as a reference book, while the chapters themselves enable self-teaching or use as a text in a cataloging and classification course at a library school."



"Mastery of the material in this book will allow confident library staff to make knowledgeable use of many of the free and subscriptionbased cataloging tools and references on the Web. In terms of getting up to speed, think of it as an on-ramp."



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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591584018
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Series: Crash Course Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 156
  • Sales rank: 667,530
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

LLISON G. KAPLAN Associate Faculty Associate, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin - Madison.

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  • Posted November 11, 2011

    Highly Recommended!

    I teach cataloging to "accidental catalogers", those who find themselves having to catalog and classify materials in their library with little or no training. This books is on the top of my recommended reading lists. Every library should have a copy. It presents the material in a very practical and non-theoretical way, while still fulfilling the need of "why" we do things the way we do. Includes a fantastic glossary. I use this book as a textbook as well as a reference source so that students are able to reference what they have learned long after the class is over. I cannot recommend this book enough!

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