Standard Cataloging for School and Public Librariesby Sheila S. Intner, Jean Weihs
In the four years since the last edition came out, there have been new editions of nearly every cataloguing rule and tool to which it refers: the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Library of Congress Subject Headings, Sears List of Subject Headings, and Dewey Decimal Classification, to name a few. As only they can, Sheila 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.
This guide, now in its fifth edition, begins by discussing the benefits of a well-cataloged collection and the value of the "big three" access points: creator, title, subject. The text assumes a knowledge of library cataloging vocabulary and cataloging procedures, and access to secondary sources (such as Sears Lists of Subject Headings or AACR2 and RDA manuals) to complete the exercises at the end of each chapter. The layout often seems designed to hinder rather than help readers, with sometimes tiny print, figures difficult to interpret, and other elements oddly placed on the page. Inter and Weihs (coauthors, Metadata and its Impact on Libraries) present dense yet helpful discussions of the advantages and disadvantages of various cataloging systems and the challenges of cataloging information coming at an ever-faster pace and in increasingly diverse formats. Experienced librarians can use the discussions of RDA, MARC, XML, Dublin Core and other recent initiatives to give themselves an introduction to current terminology and thoughts on where cataloging is headed. VERDICT While this work has much worthy information, it is ideal for use in information science classes, when an experienced teacher and class discussion could supplement the text.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch., Fort Worth, TX
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Sheila S. Intner is professor emeritus of library and information science at Simmons College, Boston, MA, and was the founding director of its MLIS program at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA.
Jean Weihs was director of the Library Techniques Program at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto, Canada, until her retirement.
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