Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 23, Number 3/4 1997


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Table of Contents

EDITORIAL By Ruth C. Carter

'Cataloging Must Change!' and Indexer Consistency Studies: Misreading the Evidence at Our Peril. By Thomas Mann

ABSTRACT. An article published in 1991, 'Cataloging Must Change!' by Dorothy Gregor and Carol Mandel, has popularized the belief that there is only 'ten to 20 percent' agreement among subject catalogers in assigning LC subject headings. Because of this alleged lack of consistency, the article suggests, catalogers 'can be more accepting of variations in subject choices' in copy cataloging. This inference, however, is based on a serious misreading of previous studies of indexer consistency. The 'ten to 20 percent' agreement figure actually derives from studies of people trying to guess the same natural language key words, precisely in the absence of vocabulary control mechanisms such as thesauri or Library of Congress Subject Headings. The sources cited by Gregor and Mandel fail to support their conclusion; in fact, some of the sources directly contradict it. A naive acceptance by the library profession of the 'ten to 20 percent' claim can only have negative consequences for the quality of subject cataloging created, and accepted, throughout the country.

Cataloging Needs Survey for Faculty at the University of Florida. By Jimmie Lundgren and Betsy Simpson

ABSTRACT. The institution of library cataloging has come under fire as rigid and unresponsive to user needs. How well does the information provided in the catalog record serve the user? In this study we used a survey instrument to obtain university faculty input on the usefulness of including and displaying typical elements of the catalog record. Results indicate the highest levels of agreement with usefulness of title, primary author, date, subjects, other authors, and series; moderately high levels of agreement for summary notes, contents notes, standard numbers, publisher, pagination, and related titles; and lower levels of agreement for reference notes, place of publication, index notes, illustrations, and size.

The Internet's Value to Catalogers: Results of A Survey. By Chris Evin Long

ABSTRACT. Catalogers have been reporting the ways they use the Internet for several years, but as yet there has been little evaluation done to determine for which areas of cataloging the Internet is a valuable tool and for which areas it is not as useful. A survey was conducted in an effort to elicit this information. The responses indicated four areas in which catalogers use the Internet: searching the OPACs of other libraries, communicating with colleagues, accessing online cataloging documentation and publications, and authority work. Some catalogers also related processes for which they have found the Internet to be inefficient.

Requisite Skills of the Entry-Level Cataloger: A Supervisor's Perspective. By Debra W. Hill

ABSTRACT. While the literature addresses to some degree the practitioner's view on the educational requirements of the entry-level cataloger, usually in the form of the theory vs. practice argument, little is written about specific qualities, skills, and abilities that the cataloging supervisor looks for when recruiting new catalogers. This article, written from a supervisor's perspective, outlines some of those specific attributes that we look for when recruiting and explains their importance in today's cataloging environment.

In Search of UBC: A Study in the Convergence of Practice Between the Library of Congress and the Other ABACUS Libraries. By Edgar A. Jones

ABSTRACT. A comparative analysis of choice and form of main entry in the monograph cataloging of the Library of Congress (LC) and that of the British Library and the national libraries of Canada and Australia in 1982 and 1989, examining the extent to which LC practice and that of the other agencies was consistent and, when it was not, the apparent reasons for the inconsistency. Part 1 provides a general introduction and background to the study, along with an analysis of broad patterns and patterns affecting the choice of main entry. Part 2 will provide an analysis of patterns affecting the form of main entry headings (personal and corporate names), choice and form of uniform titles and titles proper, and miscellaneous descriptive cataloging elements, as well as overall conclusions and recommendations.

Eva Verona (1905-1996). By Alexandra Horvat

CATALOGING NEWS Elizabeth A. Steinhagen, News Editor

BOOK REVIEWS Michael Carpenter, Book Review Editor


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