Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 28, Number 1 2000

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EDITORIAL By Ruth Carter

Letters to the Editor

Harmonizing Bibliographic Control of Serials in the Digital Age. By Regina Romano Reynolds, Head, National Serials Data Program, Library of Congress
Abstract. Two forces acting on the bibliographic control of serials are described: the desire to harmonize international standards and practices, and the impact of electronic serials. By breaking out of traditional publishing patterns, electronic serials have called into question current cataloging rules definitions (including the very definition of "serial"), and practices. Three key standards that affect bibliographic control of serials are currently undergoing revision: AACR2, ISBD(S), and ISSN rules. Areas where harmonization of these rules and standards would be of most benefit to the cataloging and information communities are discussed.

Cataloguing CD-ROMs using the ISBD (ER) rules - example of a French public library ( Mediatheque de la Cite des Sciences et de l'industrie in Paris). By Maria Witt, Médiathèque de la Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie, Paris, France
This paper was presented at the 64th IFLA Conference, August 1998, Amsterdam at the Workshop on ISBD(ER)
The Cité des Sciences et de l'Industrie in Paris - the interactive museum for science and technology which opened to the public in 1986 hosts a multimedia library holding some 330 000 documents. The small collection of CD-ROMs integrated into library's collection since the end of 1991 ("Public section" and the "Didacthèque") have been expanded in October 1996. Presently more than 800 titles are available for viewing on site or for circulation. After the brief background of CD-ROM installation and collections in French public librairies this paper discusses the problems of describing CD-ROMs in the online catalog. It mostly concentrates on the collection for circulation. The rules of bibliographic description correspond to the draft of the French national standard, which follows the ISBD (ER) principles. The format used for cataloguing in the library is UNIMARC and the automated system - GEAC GLIS. 
    Cataloguing has been done locally since the national bibliographic description of electronic documents was not available at the time when the first collection was constituted. Since April 1997 the "Bibliographie nationale française" on CD- ROM provides the description for electronic documents whose downloading is now possible. This paper analyses the benefits of downloading of bibliographic records for ER and concludes that some local adaptation (updating) is necessary for satisfysing end user needs.

The Impact of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records Recommendations on the ISBD(ER). By Eeva Murtomaa, Helsinki University Library, Helsinki, Finland (URL:
Abstract: The main concepts of the report from report Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) are described. The functionality of the elements included in ISBD(ER) within the FRBR framework is examined. Proposals are offered for the core-level description and for the basic-level national bibliographic record for electronic resources. Also presented are impacts of the FRBR report on creating single/multiple bibliographic records and the idea of the authoritative file of bibliographic descriptions.

Interview with Francis J. Buckley, Jr., Superintendent of Documents. By Christina Wolcott McCawley, Head, Acquisitions and Serials, Francis Harvey Green Library, West Chester University
Francis Buckley, the Superintendent of Documents (United States) talks about his life and career in this interview with Christina McCawley, a member of the Editorial Board of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.

Greek Folk Literature, Poetry, Folk Songs and the Library of Congress PA (Supplement) Schedule. By Anestis Sitas, Cataloger, Library of medieval and Modern Greek Studies Department, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Library, 54006 Thessaloniki, Greece
Abstract. This paper aims to explore, analyze, and assess the Library of Congress PA (Supplement) Schedule as it pertains to Greek folk (laiki) literature, Modern Greek poetry and Greek folk (dimotika) songs in particular. The notions folk literature, poetry and folk songs are discussed and elaborated upon. Paricular effort is made to analyze the case of Byzantine folk (dimodi) literature. Last, in order to make the use of LC classification schedules more effective and accurate, clarifications and suggestions are made for the classification of folk literature.

Name Authority Work for OCLC Copy Cataloging: Is It Worth the Effort? By Deborah E. Kulczak, Database Maintenance Librarian, University of Arkansas Libraries.
Abstract. In 1996, a study was undertaken at the University of Arkansas Libraries to evaluate the practice of front-end authority work for monographs copy cataloging. A sample of 283 name headings originating from Library of Congress, OCLC AEnhance@ member, and general member copy was examined, and analysis revealed that 47.3 percent of headings correctly matched authority records already present in the library's local file. Another 41.3 percent exactly matched records in the OCLC authority file. These findings prompted the library to cease checking name headings at the point of cataloging. However, the level of inaccuracies present, combined with the value of authority records for cross-reference and note information, ensured that the Database Maintenance Unit would continue to review local headings reports and perform needed authority work.

CATALOGING NEWS  By Elizabeth Steinhagen, Editor

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