Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 30, Number 2/3 2000


“Managing Cataloging and the Organization of Information”

Introduction:  Part Two

by Ruth C. Carter

Summary.  This introduction covers Part Two of the three issues of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly looking at the philosophies, practices and plans of libraries around the world as they manage cataloging and the organization of information at the onset of the twenty-first century.  Part two has fourteen articles that cover four specialized libraries (one medical, one historical society, and two law, in that order) and ten articles discussing twelve academic libaries.  All libraries represented in part two are in the United States. 

             The libraries represented in part two continue the themes expressed in part one.  Whether the libraries are large or small, general academic, research, or specialized, they share common concerns.  They have or are streamlining workflow with an often reorganized and/or reduced staff; they are implementing first time or replacement library automation systems; they are embracing change and the digital world; and they are grappling with issues such as the inclusion of remote resources in their online catalog and how best to do so. 

Not all articles discuss the same aspects of managing cataloging.  Some focus on philosophy and visions for what cataloging must become, another gives the point of view of a new department head.  Still another looks at migration from one library automated system to another while one library describes new initiatives and argues for flexibility.  Cooperative cataloging, metadata, digital resources, use of the Internet, and in some cases, an historical perspective, are among the many fascinating topics covered.

By contributing to this collection, the authors provide a guide to understanding present practices while documenting philosophies and challenges connected to managing cataloging and the organization of information in 2000.  It is hoped by the authors and myself that readers will find this publication informative and useful as we launch a new century and new millenium where change is constant and user expectations are likely to continue to expand.  At the same time traditional service values must persist, albeit adapted for the now ubiquitous electronic and global environment.

                                                            - Ruth C. Carter

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