Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 32, Number 1  2001   

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EDITORIAL  “Vendors and Partnerships”, by Ruth C. Carter

CCQ INTERVIEW, by Carolynne Myall, Interviews Editor

            An Interview with Michael Kaplan, led by Martin D. Joachim

Abstract.  Michael Kaplan discusses his academic library career at Harvard University and Indiana University and his current position at Ex Libris.  Topics include the following: individuals who have influenced his career, as well as those who have made significant contributions to technical services librarianship; the Program for Cooperative Cataloging; technical services workstations; library-vendor relations, and Kaplan's plans to use what he has learned as an academic librarian in his new role as a vendor; attempts to harness the World Wide Web; bibliographic control of aggregated databases; the problems of thousands of uncataloged items in the nation’s libraries; and the future of cataloging and classification.

Keywords:  Michael Kaplan, technical services, Program for Cooperative Cataloging (PCC), library-vendor relations, aggregated databases, uncataloged items



The Dynamic Caribbean: a Challenge for the Library of Congress. By Aimee Algier  

Abstract. The Caribbean, since its discovery by Spain, has been a dynamic economic, political, and geographical environment This is due, in the main, to the European powers who settled the area, and to the recent clamor of the Caribbean peoples for independence. Changes in domination resulted in differing nomenclautre and regional boundaries. This article analyzes these discrepancies and relates them to the Library of Congress classification schedules and to headings in the Library of Congress authority file. It is clear that the schedules and headings are in need of  revision.

Keywords: Caribbean, Nomenclature, Geographic Headings, West Indies


Sic Catalog Syndrome: Title Page Transcription as a Barrier to Retrieval. By  J. H. Bowman 

Abstract: Examines the problem of errors in the chief source of information and their transcription into catalog records. A survey of 80 different OPACs was undertaken, looking at the occurrence of “sic” and “i.e.” in titles and the position of the errors within the titles. The various usages of “sic” and “i.e.” are categorized and described; these range from those where the error is obvious to some where there seems to be no error at all. Some seem to be clear misuses, particularly the common system of using additions in square brackets to spell out numerals, and in some cases the cataloger goes beyond what is required. Concludes with recommendations for improvement in retrieval.

Keywords: inaccuracies in title-page, title-page transcription, catalogers’ interpolations


Taking Advantage of Outsourcing Options: Using Purchased Records Sets to Maximize Cataloging Effectiveness . By Kyle Banerjee

Abstract.  Libraries have downloaded records created by other institutions from bibliographic utilities for many years, but purchasing record sets is often a controversial topic in technical services. However, as fewer staff are expected to manage a rapidly growing number of increasingly complex information resources, technical services departments are called upon to identify their core competencies and delegate operations that fall outside those areas to others. This paper examines the costs and benefits associated with the purchase and loading of record sets. It also establishes criteria for determining when record sets should be considered as an alternative to traditional cataloging.

Keywords:  record sets, outsourcing, bulk record loading  



Subject Authority Control at El Colegio de Mexico’s Library: The Whats and Hows of a Project. By Reynaldo D. Figueroa-Servin and Berta Enciso

Abstract.  This paper describes the efforts at the Daniel Cosio Villegas Library of Colegio de Mexico (Mexico) to create a Spanish language authority file on its ALEPH online system.  To date, the authorities team, composed of about ten librarians have created over 10,000 name authorities, and close to 4,000 subject authorities in MARC format, closely following the structure of LCSH records.  For the subject authority file, it was decided to establish three levels of description, all of which include the LCSH English term.  In order to establish the term in Spanish, seven official sources have been used, with Bilindex (1984) having the highest usage, closely followed by the subject headings list developed by Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) of Spain.  As the first Mexican NACO/SACO participants, librarians at the Colegio de Mexico Library also have received training by personnel from the Library of Congress in the creation and validation of subject headings.

Keywords:  authority file creation; automation of authority records; Spanish language authority files  



XML and MARC: Which is “Right?” By Bruce Chr. Johnson

Abstract.  This article explores recent discussions about appropriate mark-up conventions for library information intended to for use on the world wide web. In particular, the question of whether the MARC 21 format will continue to be useful and whether the time is right for a full-fledged conversion effort to XML is explored. The author concludes that the MARC format will be relevant well into the future, and its use will not hamper access to bibliographic information via the web. Early XML exploratory efforts carried out at the Stanford University’s Lane Medical Library are reported on. Although these efforts are a promising start, much more consultation and investigation is needed to arrive at broadly acceptable standards for XML library information encoding and retrieval.

Keywords: XML, MARC, information, standards, web   



Sandra K. Roe, Editor

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