Introduction to Cataloging and Classification / Edition 10

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Not many books merit an eleventh edition, but this popular text does. Newly updated, Introduction to Cataloging and Classification provides an introduction to descriptive cataloging based on contemporary standards, explaining the basic tenets to readers without previous experience, as well as to those who merely want a better understanding of the process as it exists today. The text opens with the foundations of cataloging, then moves to specific details and subject matter such as Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD), the International Cataloging Principles (ICP), and RDA.

Unlike other texts, the book doesn't presume a close familiarity with the MARC bibliographic or authorities formats; ALA's Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd Edition, revised (AACR2R); or the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD). Subject access to library materials is covered in sufficient depth to make the reader comfortable with the principles and practices of subject cataloging and classification. In addition, the book introduces MARC, BIBFRAME, and other approaches used to communicate and display bibliographic data. Discussions of formatting, presentation, and administrative issues complete the book; questions useful for review and study appear at the end of each chapter.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher

"In the 10th edition of Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, Arlene G. Taylor offers a complete revision of her classic work….[p]ractitioners will appreciate its comprehensive, yet readable, treatment of the topic."


American Libraries

"This revised edition of Wynar's Introduction to Cataloging and Classification completely incorporates revisions of AACR2, enhancements to MARC 21, and developments in areas such as resource description and access….[a]n invaluable resource for cataloging students and beginning catalogers as well as a handy reference tool for more experienced catalogers."



"This is an invaluable resource for cataloging students and beginning catalogers as well as a handy reference for more experienced catalogers."


Booklist Professional Reading

"The professional collections of librarians, students, and educators would be enhanced by including the 10th edition of this work. Those who have enjoyed the 9th or previous editions will appreciate the effort that has gone into updating the 10th edition to include more discussion about the impact of technology in cataloging management and the importance of the international view on cataloging principles and practice. Those for whom the 10th edition is their first reading of this text will discover the immense breadth of topics covered within and the careful presentation of key cataloging concepts that many have come to expect from the editors."


Library Collections, Aquisitions, & Technical Services

"This is not a book of cataloging examples. Rather, it is a book to help new catalogers understand both conceptually and in detail the profession which they are entering. From the point of view of someone in the profession, this book contains very useful information and does an excellent job of presenting the big picture as well as necessary fundamentals. It offers thorough coverage of topics needed for understanding of cataloging and classification in today's libraries. For those who have not read this book, it is highly recommended. For those who are familiar with the book, the revisions, additions and overall updating of terminology and concepts will be appreciated."


Technical Services Quarterly

"[T]his text will be extremely useful for cataloging teachers and their students. Practicing catalogers may use the text as a reference or training tool. I highly recommend this text and reference book for cataloging departments and libraries."


Reference & User Services Quarterly

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591582359
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 5/30/2006
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 10
  • Pages: 608
  • Sales rank: 290,120
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

ARLENE G. TAYLOR is professor emerita, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and author of several works on cataloging and classification and authority control. She has received ALA's Margaret Mann Citation in Cataloging and Classification and the ALA Highsmith Library Literature Award.

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Table of Contents

Pt. I Introduction
1 Cataloging in context 3
2 Development of cataloging codes 25
Pt. II Electronic formatting
3 Encoding 39
Pt. III Description and access
4 Description 53
5 Description of analytical materials 179
6 Choice of access points 187
7 Form of headings for names and titles 219
Pt. IV Authority control
8 Authority control 283
Pt. V Subject access
9 Subject access to library materials 301
10 Verbal subject access 307
11 Library of Congress subject headings (LCSH) 315
12 Sears list of subject headings (SEARS) 355
13 Other types of verbal access 369
14 Classification of library materials 391
15 Decimal classification 403
16 Library of Congress classification (LCC) 426
17 Creation of complete call numbers 448
18 Other classification systems 456
Pt. VI Administrative issues
19 Processing centers, networking, and cooperative programs 471
20 Catalog management 485
App Arrangement dilemmas and filing rules 509
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