Electronic Cataloging

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Examine some of the most recent developments in bibliographic control!

Electronic Cataloging: AACR2 and Metadata for Serials and Monographs is a collection of papers about recent developments in metadata and its practical applications in cataloging. Acknowledged experts examine a wide variety of techniques for managing serials and monographs using standards and schemas like MARC, AACR2, ISSN, ISBD, and Dublin Core. From the broadest introduction of metadata usage to the ...

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Overview

Examine some of the most recent developments in bibliographic control!

Electronic Cataloging: AACR2 and Metadata for Serials and Monographs is a collection of papers about recent developments in metadata and its practical applications in cataloging. Acknowledged experts examine a wide variety of techniques for managing serials and monographs using standards and schemas like MARC, AACR2, ISSN, ISBD, and Dublin Core. From the broadest introduction of metadata usage to the revisions of AACR2 through 2000, this book offers vital analysis and strategy for achieving Universal Bibliographic Control.

Electronic Cataloging is divided into three parts. The first is an introduction to metadata, what it is, and its relationship to the library in general. The second portion focuses in more on how metadata can be utilized by a library system and the possibilities in the near future. The third portion is very specific, dealing with individual standards of metadata and elements, such as AACR2 and MARC, as well as current policies and prospects for the future.

Information covered in Electronic Cataloging includes:

  • an overview of metadata and why it is important to the cataloging community
  • Universal Bibliographic Control: what has succeeded so far in cataloging and how metadata will evolve
  • the step-by-step process for creating an effective metadata repository for the community
  • the inherent problems that accompany cataloging nonprint research materials, such as electronic serials and the Web
  • metadata schemas and the use of controlled vocabularies and classification systems
  • standards of metadata, including MARC, Dublin Core, RDF, and AACR2, with emphasis on the revisions and efforts made with AACR2 through 2000
  • an overview of the ISSN (International Serials Standard Number) and its relationships to current codes and metadata standards, including AACR2
  • and much more!
Electronic Cataloging is the undertaking of three pioneers in library sciences: Sheila S. Intner, Sally C. Tseng, and Mary L. Larsgaard, who co-edited Maps and Related Cartographic Materials: Cataloging, Classification, and Bibliographic Control (Haworth, 2000). With illustrations, references, additional reading lists, and case studies, this research tool offers you tips and strategies to make metadata work for you and your library. No one currently involved in information cataloging should be without this book!
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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Rob Behary, MLS, MBA (Duquesne University)
Description: This is a collection of essays derived from presentations given at the 2001-2002 ALCTS Regional Institute on the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd Edition, 2002 Revision and Metadata. The book was published simultaneously as Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, v. 36 n. 3-4 2003.
Purpose: The editors strive to "explain, describe and illustrate the brave new world librarians are creating through the use of metadata." This is neither a how-to method for cataloging electronic resources, nor is it a summary of individual metadata standards. Instead, the focus is on the implications of using metadata to describe materials.
Audience: The book is of interest to technical services librarians as well as those seeking a general overview of the possibilities of metadata.
Features: Part one of the book, Fundamentals, gives a general treatment of metadata as it relates to libraries. Michael Gormon's article at the beginning of this section reminds us of the similarities between ISBD, MARC, and the new or emerging standards. Part two, How Librarians Can Employ Metadata, provides guidance in very practical terms about issues librarians should consider when creating metadata repositories. Particularly useful are the five considerations for metadata given in an essay by Yuan-liang Ma and Wei Liu, which highlight some of the elements needed for implementing a description system. The third section of the book, AACR2 and Metadata, focuses on the future of AACR2 in the metadata environment. Eric Jul's "MARC and Mark-Up" reminds readers that standards for metadata are no longer being driven solely by librarians, but also by the organizations like the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Illustrations are provided to help readers with some of the more technical aspects of the book. The index and bibliographies accompanying nearly every article are also helpful.
Assessment: The book is accessible even to those without a background in library technical services, and because of its conceptual approach, it is a worthy addition to the burgeoning body of metadata literature.

3 Stars from Doody
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Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • PART 1. FUNDAMENTALS
  • Cataloging in an Electronic Age
  • Why Metadata? Why Me? Why Now?
  • PART 2. HOW LIBRARIES CAN EMPLOY METADATA
  • Developing a Metadata Strategy
  • Practical Issues in Applying Metadata Schemas and Controlled Vocabularies to Cultural Heritage Information
  • Digital Resources and Metadata Application in the Shanghai Library
  • Struggling Toward Retrieval: Alternatives to Standard Operating Procedures Can Help Librarians and the Public
  • PART 3. AACR2 AND METADATA
  • AACR2 and Other Metadata Standards: The Way Forward
  • AACR2 and Metadata: Library Opportunities in the Global Semantic Web
  • Seriality: What Have We Accomplished? What’s Next?
  • MARC and Mark-Up
  • ISSN: Dumb Number, Smart Solution
  • Index
  • Reference Notes Included
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