The Organization of Information

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The extensively revised and completely updated second edition of this popular textbook provides LIS practitioners and students with a vital guide to the organization of information. After a broad overview of the concept and its role in human endeavors, Taylor proceeds to a detailed and insightful discussion of such basic retrieval tools as bibliographies, catalogs, indexes, finding aids, registers, databases, major bibliographic utilities, and other organizing entities. After tracing the development of the ...

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Overview

The extensively revised and completely updated second edition of this popular textbook provides LIS practitioners and students with a vital guide to the organization of information. After a broad overview of the concept and its role in human endeavors, Taylor proceeds to a detailed and insightful discussion of such basic retrieval tools as bibliographies, catalogs, indexes, finding aids, registers, databases, major bibliographic utilities, and other organizing entities. After tracing the development of the organization of recorded information in Western civilization from 2000 B.C.E. to the present, the author addresses topics that include encoding standards (MARC, SGML, and various DTDs), metadata (description, access, and access control), verbal subject analysis including controlled vocabularies and ontologies, classification theory and methodology, arrangement and display, and system design.

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A basic textbook for students of library and information studies, and a guide for practicing school library media specialists. Describes the impact of global forces and the school district on the development and operation of a media center, the technical and human side of management, programmatic activities, supportive services to students, and the quality and quantity of resources available to support programs. Includes a glossary that does not indicate pronunciation. No dates are notes for previous editions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563089695
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/30/2003
  • Series: Library and Information Science Text Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Product dimensions: 6.98 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 1.13 (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

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
1 Organization of Recorded Information 1
2 Retrieval Tools 29
3 Development of the Organization of Recorded Information in Western Civilization 49
4 Encoding Standards 69
5 Systems and System Design 103
6 Metadata 139
7 Metadata: Description 159
8 Metadata: Access and Authority Control 201
9 Subject Analysis 241
10 Systems for Vocabulary Control 261
11 Systems for Categorization 297
12 Arrangement and Display 331
Conclusion 345
App Subject-Analysis Application 347
Glossary 353
Selected Bibliography 385
Index 407
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