Standard Cataloging for School and Public Libraries / Edition 4

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Sheila S. Intner and Jean Weihs lead the wary and unwary alike, to apply them with competence if not aplomb. Through hundreds of examples, they illustrate cataloging problems and their solutions; they also describe and explain a variety of management decisions, the pros and cons of cataloging alternatives, and the rudiments of how to run a catalog department. They have even included a new chapter on metadata, as well as enlarged sections of practical advice on how to deal with changed subject headings and classification numbers.

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Editorial Reviews

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"…Evidence, say Intner and Weihs, 'that catalogers working in local libraries and media centres can anticipate taking more, not less, responsibility for organizing their materials. They may also be expected to assume a larger share of the work on standards and policies in a new multi-institutional model of librarianship in cataloguing and classification. In a distributed leadership environment, knowledgeable librarians and media specialists at the grassroots level will be especially important'. You have been warned – now buy the book! Starting with the 'functions of the catalog' and the need to conform to standard practice, the authors lead the reader to the decisions that need to be made in relation to descriptive cataloguing, subject cataloguing, classification, call number assignment and encoding for computer input. These elements are then considered in more detail in separate chapters." - Library Journal

"This guide keeps getting better and better as a concise guide to the process of cataloging, from description to classification to subject headings of print and multimedia materials. It is useful as a text for beginning cataloging classes and as one for personal study." - Teacher Librarian

". . . the general principles remain sound and for North American libraries, and others for whom these standards apply, this is an excellent instructional primer." - Library Review

"…recommended as a useful resource for a cataloger with some experience and wanting to improve knowledge of the background and context of cataloging and to consolidate understanding of the application of cataloguing rules and use of the cataloging tools, or as a reference tool on specific aspects of cataloging. It would be especially useful for sole catalogers working in a smaller library or for librarians for whom cataloging forms only a part of their job. The book would also be a useful read for any library manager seeking improved understanding of both the background to, and the practical process of, cataloging." - Library Collections, Acquisitions, & Technical Services

A new edition of the introductory text reviewing the standard practices of cataloging, classification, and indexing used in the US and Canada. These standards are covered in four part sections detailing rules used for descriptive cataloging, subject heading lists, classifications, and computer entry and communication protocols. The revisions to the new edition incorporate cataloging rule changes, MARC format integration changes, and include a section on catalog department management. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781591583783
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited
  • Publication date: 9/30/2007
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 296
  • Sales rank: 495,569
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

SHEILA S. INTNER is Professor Emeritus, Simmons Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Mount Holyoke College. She has received several awards, including ALA's Margaret Mann Citation Award for outstanding contributions to education for cataloging and classification.

JEAN WEIHS has worked in university, public, school, and special libraries as a reference librarian, a bibliographer, and a school librarian. Most of her career has involved teaching cataloguing to librarians, library technicians, and school librarians in Canada and the United States. She represented the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing for nine years on the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, five of these as JSC Chair. She has held 45 positions on national and international committees. Jean Weihs has written 17 books, 6 separately published pamphlets/documents, 10 chapters in books edited by others, and over 125 articles and book reviews in professional journals. She is the recipient of 13 national and international awards.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Decisions 15
3 The Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules 21
4 Description 31
5 Access 83
6 Special Applications of AACR2-98 115
7 Subject Authorities 145
8 Sears List of Subject Headings 163
9 Library of Congress Subject Headings 179
10 Classification Systems 201
11 The Dewey Decimal Classification 213
12 Library of Congress Classification 229
13 The Marc Formats 241
14 Computerized Cataloging 253
15 Cataloging and Classification Policies 269
16 Managing the Cataloging Department 275
App. A - Selected Bibliography 281
App. B - Glossary 285
App. C - Answers to Exercises 301
Indexes 333
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