Special Libraries: A Cataloging Guide

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Novice catalogers in special libraries, who are often expected to fulfill commitments to online bibliographic networks and cataloging consortia, will find this a thorough but uncomplicated guide to standard cataloging. Covering all aspects of bibliographic description, access points, indexing, classification, and related activities (e.g., authority control, catalog management, filing), the book focuses on the needs and cataloging problems encountered in special libraries, such as the cataloging of electronic media, technical reports, and unpublished materials. More than 100 examples illustrate the principles and practices involved. Chapters on law, science and technology, medical, business, music, and art libraries cover those materials and specific tools in depth, including subject- and profession-specific nonbook media, thesauri, classifications, and so on. Chapters on policies and catalog decision making point out advantages and disadvantages of various alternatives.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872879553
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/18/1998
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

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.

JEAN WEIHS is Principal Consultant, Technical Services Group, Toronto, Ontario. She has received the Margaret Mann Citation in Cataloging and Classification and was the first recipient of the John Comaromi Lectureship.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Decisions 12
3 The Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules 19
4 Description 27
5 Serials and Series 92
6 Unpublished Materials 111
7 Access 119
8 Subject Authorities 157
9 Library of Congress Subject Headings 174
10 Classification Systems 198
11 The Dewey Decimal Classification 211
12 Library of Congress Classification 228
13 The MARC Formats 242
14 Bibliographic Utilities: Large Computer-Based Networks 252
15 Local Systems 268
16 Cataloging and Classification Policies 279
17 Managing the Cataloging Department 286
18 Cataloging in Health Science Libraries 292
19 Cataloging in Law Libraries 304
20 Cataloging in Art Libraries 341
21 Cataloging in Music Libraries 355
22 Cataloging in Sci-Tech Libraries and Information Centers 375
23 Cataloging in the Corporate Setting 389
App. A: Selected Bibliography 397
App. B: Glossary 401
App. C: About the Contributors 419
App. D: Answers to Exercises 422
Indexes 437
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