Subject Analysis in Online Catalogs: Second Edition / Edition 2

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Significantly updated and expanded, this second edition offers a far more comprehensive and sophisticated treatment of the subject area than can be found in other sources. It revisits the subject of cataloging and analyzes it in the context of today's digital environment, providing a fascinating examination of the components that are crucial for successful and effective subject retrieval in online public access catalogs. From language issues to problems of indexing and classification, this book guides you through the theoretical and practical frameworks of information storage and retrieval in the twenty-first century. An outstanding guide for students and faculty of library and information science, catalogers, librarians, programmers, and database designers.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
This revision of the 1991 edition by Rao Aluri, D. Alasdair Kemp, and Boll is a welcome addition to an area of cataloging that is not tackled too often. It is the intent of Olson (SLIS, Univ. of Alberta) and Boll (SLIS, Univ. of Wisconsin-Madison) to provide readers with a general comprehension of online catalogs based on current practice but applicable to future developments. Chapter topics include the database, language in information retrieval, managing information retrieval languages, subject indexing process and policy, subject headings and descriptors, bibliographic classification, online catalogs and the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress classifications, users and user needs, user system interfaces, and evaluation of subject retrieval in online catalogs. Each chapter is well organized and has an introduction and conclusion. Several of the chapters have been updated or are entirely new to this edition. Recommended for catalogers as well as students, library and information science faculty, and librarians who have some background in organizing information and are interested in subject analysis in online catalogs and in the knowledge of adapting traditional methods of subject analysis to new information techniques. Susan E. Ketcham, Southampton Coll.-Long Island Univ. Lib., NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781563088001
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/15/2001
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 350
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.73 (d)

Meet the Author

HOPE A. OLSON, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alberta, is also Editor-in-Chief of Knowledge Organization, the official journal of the International Society for Knowledge Organization.

JOHN J. BOLL is Professor Emeritus, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 The Database 5
3 Language in Information Retrieval 27
4 Managing Information Retrieval Languages 53
5 Subject Indexing Process and Policy 87
6 Subject Headings and Descriptors 111
7 Bibliographic Classification 153
8 Online Catalogs and the Dewey Decimal and Library of Congress Classifications 209
9 Users and User Needs 265
10 User-System Interfaces 275
11 Evaluation of Subject Retrieval in Online Catalogs 301
12 Conclusions 319
Index 323
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