EDITORIAL By Ruth Carter
Cataloging Southeast Asian Language Materials: The Case of the Thai Language.
By Chalermsee Olson
ABSTRACT. Cataloging and accessing non-roman languages, such as the languages in the JACKPHY group, have been better served because of the inclusion of vernacular languages in their bibliographic records. However, Southeast Asian languages such as Thai, Lao or even Burmese present other problems for catalogers because only romanized versions of these languages are present in current bibliographic records. The problems in cataloging and accessing the materials in these languages occur not only because of the romanization system but also due to the nature of the languages themselves. This paper presents a number of problems related to the cataloging of Thai language materials.
Changing cataloging rules in relation to changing patterns of publication .By
J. H. Bowman. MA, MA, PhD. E-mail: email@example.com
ABSTRACT. Changes in rules for cataloging certain categories of printed material are examined, namely: anonymous works, including those described as being 'by the author of' another named work; pseudonymous works; edited works, i.e. those consisting of collections of writings by several authors; and conference proceedings. The relevant rules from the British Museum, the 1908 joint code, the Bodleian, Cambridge University Library and AACR2 are discussed. Samples of London publications taken in specimen years between 1841 and 1991 show that there has been a decrease in anonymous works and in works with personal authors, offset by a sharp increase in multiple authorship, edited works and conference proceedings.
The Nexus of Subject Analysis and Bibliographic Description: The Case of Multipart
Videos.By Katherine H. Weimer.
ABSTRACT. Intellectual access to multipart works is not adequately provided for when these materials are cataloged in collective set records. An alternative is to catalog the parts separately. This method increases intellectual access by providing more detailed descriptive notes and subject analysis. As evidenced by the large number of records in the national databases for parts of multipart videos, catalogers have made the intellectual content of multipart videos more accessible by cataloging the parts separately rather than collectively. Although their motivation is not entirely clear, it appears that some have reversed the traditional cataloging process to begin with subject analysis, resulting in the intellectual content of these materials driving the bibliographic description. Suggestions for determining when multipart videos are best cataloged as sets or separately conclude the article.
CUTT-x: An Expert System for Automatic Assignment of Cutter Numbers. By
ABSTRACT. This article deals with the process of cutter classification, i.e., assignment of cutter numbers for specific monographs. In other words, the focus is placed on the process of finding an appropriate alpha-numeric representation for the monograph's author or its title, in the event that an author is missing. The importance of the research which formed the basis for this article, lies in the fact that an old classification problem was solved using a new approach. The solution reached, provided higher classification accuracy and resulted in saving classifier's time and energy. The higher accuracy and better time and energy use were the initial goals for striving toward an automatic cutter classification system. Once developed, tested and installed, it allowed classifiers to concentrate more on other aspects of book classification.
Queens Borough Public Library's Guidelines for Cataloging Community Information.By
Judith A. Ranta.
ABSTRACT. Currently, few resources exist to guide libraries in cataloging community information using the new USMARC Format for Community Information (1993). In developing a community information database, Queens Borough Public Library formulated their own cataloging procedure for applying Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd. ed., Library of Congress Rule Interpretations, and USMARC Format for Community Information to community information. Their practices include entering corporate names directly whenever possible and assigning LC subject headings for classes of persons and topics, adding neighborhood-level geographic subdivisions. The Guidelines were specially designed to aid non-catalogers in cataloging community information.
CATALOGING NEWS Elizabeth N. Steinhagen, News Editor
BOOK REVIEW Valerie Bross (California
State University--Stanislaus) reviews:
Classification: Options and Opportunities. Edited by Alan R. Thomas (Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press, 1995).