Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 29, Number 3 2000


EDITORIAL

            This issue treats a number of the interesting formats of materials that confront catalogers: films, sound recordings, electronic resources available over the Internet, and conference proceedings.  Much, but not all of the focus of the current articles, is on descriptive cataloging.

            One of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly’s new features is the Interviews column.  In this issue Martha Yee, an expert on the cataloging of films, answers a wide range of questions and describes her passion for cataloging.  As a bonus she lists her personal favorites among the many films she has cataloged and curated.

            Two authors provide detailed guidelines for cataloging 78 rpm sound recordings, in particular those containing jazz, blues, and popular music.  Many institutions have large collections of 78 rpm formats despite the addition and current publishing of newer formats.  On the newer side of materials with which catalogers must deal, one author examines the literature to date of the cataloging of Internet resources.  The omnipresent and often difficult topic of cataloging conference proceedings is explored in a research project.

            Another aspect of cataloging in the late 20th century that has received considerable attention is the fullness of records.  The Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC) has supported the developed of the core record concept and has set standards for both core and full records.  Three authors report a study that looks at differences in access between PCC core records and PCC full records.

            Book reviews include three with a descriptive cataloging emphasis including the descriptive cataloging of rare books, the cataloging of Hebrew materials and the cataloging of audio-visual materials.  Authority work is featured in two books reviewed while subject analysis and classification schedules are covered in one book each.  The News column is the last under the editorship of Elizabeth N. Steinhagen.  After five years of compiling and disseminating cataloging news she will turn the column over to Sandra K. Roe.  I am delighted to welcome Sandy to CCQ and to say that Elizabeth will continue as a member of the CCQ Editorial Board.  Any journal benefits considerably from its regular contributors and from its editorial board members who do much of the behind the scenes work.  CCQ is fortunate to have so many talented people lend their time and expertise to making it a valuable journal.

            As I have commented previously, despite the many online opportunities to share cataloging issues and procedures in the online environment, conventional publishing still has an important place.  Although I enjoy being online as much as anyone else and am totally hooked on email and the World Wide Web as a reference tool to name just two of my uses, I am equally committed to print publishing.  Along that line, one of my unexpected delights has been being an editor, despite the fact that on my own I would never have thought of editing as something I would enjoy or for which I am suited.  However, Peter Gellatly, for many years the editor of Serials Librarian and later Editor-in-chief of the library science publications for Haworth Press, apparently recognized a match and approached me back in 1984 about editing Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.  Over the years I appreciated many times Peter’s gentle guidance and wise counsel.  With his death in October 1999 I lost a valued mentor and colleague.  More importantly Peter was key to developing many journals in library and information science that provide valuable information to readers around the world.  The journals and numerous books for which he had direct or indirect responsibility constitute his true legacy.  He truly deserved the Bowker/Ulrich’s Serials Librarianship Award that he received in 1995, but his contributions to the field extend far beyond the journal with which he was most closely identified.  Peter Gellatly was proof that one person can make a difference!  Any one reading CCQ and the other Haworth information and library science journals can well say “Thank you, Peter.”

            Yet as we remember the past and enjoy the present, we need to prepare for the future.  In that regard I look forward to receiving manuscripts for consideration for publication (either via postal mail or as an attached file to email) and to any of your ideas and suggestions for topics to be covered either in single articles or in theme issues.  You can reach me by email at: rccarter@nauticom.net or by telephone at (724) 940-4192 and fax at (724) 940-4193.  My postal address is: 121 Pikemont Dr., Wexford, PA  15090-8447.

                                                            - Ruth C. Carter


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