Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 28, Number 4  1999


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EDITORIAL By Ruth Carter

GUEST EDITORIAL  "Aggregators—New Challenges to Bibliographic Control" By John J. Riemer

CONSER’s Aggregator Survey and the Work of the PCC Task Group, by John J. Riemer
ABSTRACT: The author presents the results of the December 1998 CONSER “Survey on Providing Access to Serial Titles within Aggregator Databases.” Major findings include 71% of respondents desiring to see full-text serial titles incorporated into the online catalog and nearly 75% interested in acquiring record sets. Also included are an analysis of the numerous survey comments received, strategies toward creating the necessary records and integrating them into OPACs, examples of aggregator analytic records, and other background information on the work of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging’s Task Group on Journals in Aggregator Databases.

Note:  This essay is based on a presentation made at the American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans on June 26, 1999, as part of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services’ Technical Services Administrators of Medium-sized Research Libraries Discussion Group Program, “Aggravating or Aggregating?  Providing Effective Access to Contents of Aggregator Databases.” 

KEYWORDS: Aggregator databases, online catalogs, vendor-supplied cataloging, analytic cataloging. 

Aggravating or Aggregating? Providing Effective Access to Contents of Aggregator Databases: Reference/Collection Development Librarian’s Perspective, by Scott L. Dennis
ABSTRACT. Based on his experience, the author summarizes what reference/collection development librarians and library users want and expect from aggregator databases, and what’s needed from database vendors and from librarians to meet these expectations. Particularly important are content quality, reliability, modularity, and affordability, interface simplicity and flexibility, and reliable congruence between and integration of print and electronic editions. From vendors, librarians should demand more and better content guarantees, purchase options, communication of content details and changes, full-text searching, and persistent URLs for individual titles.  Librarians should provide analyzed cataloging and holdings for all titles in aggregator databases, keep these records current, fully integrate them with records for print and other electronic editions, and incorporate them into web catalogs, in addition to providing other web access tools such as browsable title lists.

This paper is based on a presentation made at the American Library Association Annual Conference, June 26, 1999, New Orleans, at the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services’ Technical Services Administrators of Medium-sized Research Libraries Discussion Group. The panel topic was “Aggravating or Aggregating? Providing Effective Access to Contents of Aggregator Databases.” Scott L. Dennis, MA, MILS, is Humanities Librarian and Interim Head, Humanities Team, University Library, University of Michigan

Keywords. Aggregator databases, public services, online catalogs, database vendors, user convenience. 

The Essential Elements of Faceted Thesauri, by Louise Spiteri
ABSTRACT. The goal of this study is to evaluate, compare, and contrast how facet analysis is used to construct the systematic or faceted displays of a selection of information retrieval thesauri.  More specifically, the study seeks to examine which principles of facet analysis are used in the thesauri, and the extent to which different thesauri apply these principles in the same way. 
    A measuring instrument was designed for the purpose of evaluating the structure of faceted thesauri. This instrument was applied to fourteen faceted information retrieval thesauri.  The study reveals that the thesauri do not share a common definition of what constitutes a facet.  In some cases, the thesauri apply both enumerative-style classification and facet analysis to arrange their indexing terms.  A number of the facets used in the thesauri are not homogeneous or mutually exclusive.  The principle of synthesis is used in only 50% of the thesauri, and no one citation order is used consistently by the thesauri.

Keywords.  Faceted Thesauri.  Thesaurus Construction.  Evaluation.  Facet Analysis.

Internal Quality Audit of Indexing:  A New Application of Interindexer Consistency, by Edgardo A. Stubbs, Norma E. Mangiaterra, and Ana M. Martínez 
ABSTRACT. We describe a methodology that combines interindexer consistency with a method for an internal quality audit, based on a control chart usually employed in technological and industrial organizations. The methodology shows the consistency and variation of a given group of indexers, reflecting the degree of conformity to indexing standards and procedures. It also facilitates the identification of variation causes, and the application to training and corrective actions, leading to a continuous improvement of the process. It is practical and produces reliable, appropriate, and comparable data.

Edgardo A. Stubbs is Graduate Student associated to the Chair of Classification I;  Norma E. Mangiaterra is Professor of Documentation, and Ana M. Martínez is Professor of Classification I at Departamento de Bibliotecología, Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad Nacional de La Plata. Mangiaterra is also Librarian at the Technical Information Center, SIDERAR, S.A. Planta Ensenada (Techint Group), and Martínez is Librarian at the Library of Federación Bioquímica de la Provincia de Buenos Aires.

Keywords. Control charts, Indexing, Interindexer consistency, Internal quality audit

Bringing in the Sheep: Using Insourcing to Access Departmental Resources, by Sharon A. Moynahan
ABSTRACT. Rather than being outsourced, catalog departments should become the agents for accessing departmental resources in a university or college.  Trained, practicing catalogers are able to create MARC records that are a perfect fit for the OPAC.  In an era of declining monies for resources, cataloging professionals ensure that all available materials are accessible via a unified charge of all other aspects of their collections, but would not be responsible for loading information into the catalog. 

Keywords:  Insourcing, Departmental libraries, Online catalogs, Catalogers

Outsourcing Copy Cataloging at Adelphi University Libraries, by Bonnie Horenstein
ABSTRACT.  Adelphi University Libraries contracted to outsource copy cataloging and physical processing with Blackwell's Book Services in 1995.  Since May 1996, 17,000 shelf-ready titles and over 16,000 catalog records have been received and loaded to our Innovative Interfaces OPAC.  Costs, implementation, workflow, and benefits are discussed in this article.  The outsourcing program, although hampered by staff shortages in the Libraries, has been highly successful in achieving enhanced cataloging and improved processing at reasonable costs.   

An Automated Reclassification Project at the University of Kentucky, by Nancy Lewis and Kate Seago
ABSTRACT.  The University of Kentucky Libraries began use of the Library of Congress Classification System in 1978, leaving the bulk of their older material in the Dewey Classification System.  In 1992 during the planning for the new Young Library, the opportunity arose to complete the reclassification of the collection from Dewey to Library of Congress.  This paper outlines the process used to reclassify the collection.  Unique features of this project were the relaince on automation to reduce the number of person hours needed for reclassifying the materials and the minimal disruption of services to users.

Keywords:  Reclassification, Automation, Classification, DDC, LCC, NOTIS

CCQ Interview

Brian E. C. Schottlaender: Politics and Philosophy of Bibliographic Control, A Conversation, by Sara Shatford Layne.

In an interview with Sara Shatford Layne, Brian E.C. Schottlaender describes his library career, and particularly his work as current ALA representative to the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, former chair of ALA’s Committee on Cataloging: Description & Access, and an organizer of the Program for Cooperative Cataloging.  Schottlaender discusses the political nature of cataloging development and change in a number of contexts.  He identifies critical issues in revision of AACR—logic, seriality, and rule 0.24—and expresses his hope for a principles-based revision and a code that “breaks the shackles of format.”  Other topics of discussion include the difficulties of the phrase “more, better, cheaper, faster” and the evolving relationship between cataloging and metadata.


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