EDITORIAL By Ruth Carter
What is a Work? Part 2: The Anglo-American Cataloging
Codes. By Martha M. Yee
ABSTRACT. Anglo-American codes are examined to determine the implicit or acting concept of work in each, in order to trace the development of our current implicit concept of work, as embodied in AACR2R. The following conditions are examined, using comparison tables: (1) contraction of a work (abridgments, condensations, digests, epitomes, outlines, chrestomathies, excerpts, extracts, selections); and (2) change in substance of a work (adaptations, dramatizations, free translations, novelizations, paraphrases, versifications, films or film-strips of a text, musical arrangements, musical amplifications, musical settings, musical simplifications, musical transcriptions, musical versions, parodies, imitations, performances, reproductions of art works, revisions, editing, enlargements, expansion, updating, translation.
Undifferentiated Names: A Cataloging Rule Overlooked by
Catalogers, Reference Librarians, and Library Users. By
Joseph C. Lin
ABSTRACT. Persons with the same name cause confusion and problems for bibliographic access. To minimize the confusion and problems, rules and conventions have been used in indexing and cataloging. From a historical perspective, this paper discusses what kinds of problems originated from these rules in cataloging, especially from "undifferentiated name" treatment used in the current cataloging code AACR2. A workable rule or a modified existing rule dealing with undifferentiated names is also proposed.
Subject Access to African American Studies Resources in
Online Catalogs: Issues and Answers. By Doris Hargrett
ABSTRACT. In 1973 the author conducted a seminal research study which concluded that subject analysis for African American studies was seriously inadequate and that the area was neglected in research. Twenty years later the author revisits the issues relative to the adequacy of subject analysis for African American studies resources. Specifically, Library of Congress subject headings are examined against the capabilities of online catalogs to retrieve materials relating to this body of literature. The conclusion drawn is that improvements have been made but that problems continue to exist. Prescriptive measures for resolving the remaining problems are offered.
Comparison and Evaluation of OPAC End-User Interfaces.
By Maja Zumer and Lei Zeng
ABSTRACT. Compares and evaluates the functional capabilities and interface characteristics of OPACs from the user-oriented perspective, using a systematic framework. OPACs of OhioLINK and its 16 member libraries are the object of the investigation. The interfaces used six system software but showed a variety of features in access to OPACs, operational control, access points, search formulation control, and user assistance. Interface design alternatives are identified and qualitatively analyzed.
Conversion Tables LCC-Dewey, Dewey-LCC, by Mona L. Scott with the assistance of Christine E. Alvey. Reviewed by John J. Boll
ABSTRACT. Mona Scott's Conversion Tables LCC-Dewey, Dewey-LCC are compared to Professor Gerald Swanson's pioneering Dewey To LC Conversion Tables of 1972. The point is made that such tables, in their present form should be used as indexes, and that their effective use requires knowledge of both class schedules and of the topics being indexed. In spite of some minor flaws the Shaw tables are recommended as solid aids in Dewey or Library of Congress classification projects.
Elizabeth N. Steinhagen, News Editor