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