Cataloguing Without Tears: Managing Knowledge in the by Jane Read

By Jane Read

This publication is an advent, ‘handy’ and authoritative advisor to the rules of cataloguing for librarians, details scientists and knowledge managers. it truly is meant for use along side an across the world known general to teach how, first of all, cataloguing underpins all of the different actions of a knowledge carrier and, secondly, easy methods to practice top perform in a number of various situations.

  • Relates idea to perform, which isn't the case with many different books at the topic
  • Includes assistance on topic cataloguing in addition to descriptive cataloguing
  • Written in an easy-to-read kind Covers using ISBD and Dublin center in descriptive cataloguing, instead of being tied solely to utilizing AACR

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When you have finished, you will (hopefully) have a realistic cataloguing policy with achievable aims. In order to see how this might work in practice, let’s consider the case of the (imaginary) public library of Much Gossip in Nowhereshire with 10,000 new acquisitions a year and one full-time cataloguer. In an ideal world, the policy-makers decide that the catalogue record for each new item should include the following: 34 ■ author/s ■ title ■ editor/s ■ publication details ■ edition ■ physical size ■ format ■ language ■ series ■ subject.

On the other hand, 21 it is usually important to have a title of some description; in cases where there is none (for example, when cataloguing objects) you will probably wish to supply one yourself in the interests of clarity. Format is not particularly important in the description of texts,1 but in the case of audio-visual and electronic resources it is vital in helping the catalogue user to find relevant and useable information. So, a basic description of Dentures of Desire by Cynthia Lustgirdle might look like this: Title Dentures of desire Author, etc.

Distribution details may be included for nonbook materials like DVDs and videos, but are usually unnecessary for books. The language of a document is a useful piece of information to have in a catalogue for a multilingual collection; there is no point in retrieving 200 records for documents on snail farming in outer Mongolia if 180 of them are in Mandarin Chinese and you (or your client) can only read English. Returning to our example, an expanded version of the catalogue record might look like this (new fields and parts of fields are in italics): Title Dentures of desire Author, etc.

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