Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 22, Number 1 1996


EDITORIAL

Having just returned from the 1995 International Federation of Library Institutions and Associations (IFLA) conference in Istanbul, Turkey, our global information community is very much on my mind. Therefore, I am happy to note that this issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly contains several articles from authors outside North America.

Three researchers at Bradford University in the United Kingdom present their research findings on new approaches to managing bibliographic information in OPACs of the future. A contribution from China describes that country's recently introduced cataloging-in-publication program. And, an article from Croatia describes a unique system for subject designation designed for Croatian libraries.

Another article examines authority controlled access points in RLIN member records with the purpose of expediting copy cataloging workflow. A look at issues in cataloging Napoleonic miniatures highlights how AACR, LCSH, and other practices for bibliographic items can provide access to museum materials. The Cataloging News column completes this issue.

Although the current issue does not include any book reviews, future general issues will have them on a more regular basis. I am pleased to announce that Michael Carpenter at Louisiana State University's School of Library and Information Science has accepted the position of Book Review Editor for CCQ . Books for review or expressions of interest in reviewing books can be directed to Dr. Michael Carpenter, CCQ Book Review Editor, School of Library and Information Science, 267 Coates Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-3920.

As information becomes increasingly global and user populations more diverse, the need to incorporate multiple scripts into our online catalogs gains urgency. We must support development efforts such as Unicode and continue to press system vendors to incorporate other alphabets and character sets into their systems. Although progress toward exchange and use of cataloging data between countries has occurred, much remains to happen. Ralph Waldo Emerson provided a timeless perspective on viewing the present status of anything when he wrote, "We think our civilization near its meridian, but we are only at the cock-crowing and the morning star."(1)

-- Ruth C. Carter

1) Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Intellect," Essays, First Series, 1841, quoted in Gorton Carruth, The Harper Book of American Quotation (New York: Harper & Row, 1988), p. 477.


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