Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 32, no. 3, 2001




EDITORIAL Ruth C. Carter


CCQ Interview Carolynne Myall, Interviews Editor


An Interview with Barbara B. Tillett

by Martin Kurth  



Abstract: Barbara B. Tillett discusses her career, including her roles as Director, Integrated Library System Program Office, and Chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, at the Library of Congress, and her work as a researcher in the area of bibliographic relationships.  Topics include the following: current ILS functionality, benefits, and losses; LC's activities in digital futures planning; development of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records; her role in the Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, her part in writing proposals and responses to proposals sent to JSC, and JSC initiatives of the past few years; her work in IFLA and other international organizations and projects; the possible development of a connection between existing international authority files; and other aspects of the emerging internationalization in library catalogs. 


Keywords:  Barbara Tillett, Library of Congress, ILS, digital library planning, FRBR, authority files, internationalization in library catalogs


ERC -Electronic Resources for Catalogers: Listservs and Listprocs for Catalogers Lyn Condron and Cecilia Piccolo Tittemore, Editors





Consequences of Applying Cataloguing Codes for Author Entries to the Spanish National Library Online Catalogs

by R. Ruiz-Perez 



Abstract: In this empirical study of a sample of catalog records I investigate the implications for information retrieval of the rules for choosing author access points in online catalogs. Aims: To obtain data that can be used to inform a revision of current cataloguing rules, and to propose more functional criteria aimed at improving the retrieval of information located on the basis of author names. Material and methods: A total of 838 records from the Biblioteca Nacional Española (Spanish National Library) were examined to analyze the use of authorities as access points. Authors were classified as creative or non-creative to facilitate the analysis. The variables investigated were author source location, potential author access points, actual entries used in the record, and loss of potential entry points. Results: A total of 3566 potential author access points were identified (mean of 4.25 per record). The title page yielded 57.3% of all potential access points, the table of contents yielded 33.5%, and other sources accounted for the remaining 9.1%. A total of 2125 potential authors were not used as access points in the records (overall loss of 59.5%). A total of 960 authors named on the title page were not used as entries (30.23% loss). In works with up to 3 author per responsibility function, 24.8% of the authors were not used as entry points. In works with more than 3 authors, 75.2% of the potential access points were unused. Discussion and conclusions: A significant proportion of potential access points from the table of contents and the title page went unused. If the access points from these sources were used, author indexes would be more complete and accurate, and retrieval with online catalogs would be more efficient. I suggest that losses for creative authors were caused by neglect of the table of contents as a source of entries, strict application of the rule of three, and other specific factors. Losses for non-creative authors were caused by ambiguities and gaps in current cataloguing rules for choosing added author entries. The findings support the urgent need to revise cataloguing rules for author access points to make them more flexible, more practical, and more in line with actual responsibility functions and types of authorship. Keywords: cataloguing rules, revision of; computerized cataloguing; online cataloguing; author access points, empirical study; access points, choice of; access points, loss of; cataloguing, by author name; AACR2, Reglas de Catalogación Españolas; RCE; Biblioteca Nacional Española, catalog of; Spanish National Library, catalog of



Between myth and oblivion: a biography of Ákos Domanovszky

by Mauro Guerrini


Abstract: The life and career of Ákos Domanovszky, Hungarian librarian and scholar of library science, is almost unknown even in his own country, apart from an inner circle of scholars who consider his studies on library catalogue functions an essential contribution to cataloguing theory. He was a major participant in the ICCP (Paris, 1961) and the IMCE (Copenhagen, 1969); and the author of the Hungarian draft cataloguing code, adopted as a national standard in 1972. He published several important essays in national and international journals such as Libri, but his crowning achievment as a scholar was Functions and objects of author and title cataloguing (1974), which is discussed and analysed in this paper. Keywords:  Domanovszky, Cataloging, ICCP, Hundarian cataloguing code, Theory of cataloguing


A Tribute to Arlene Taylor

by Toni Carbo, Susan Hayes , Daniel N. Joudrey, Claudia McNelis, Jerry D. Saye,    Richard Smiraglia, Sherry L. Vellucci and Hong Xu


Publishers' Errors Make Catalogers [sic]: An Analysis of the Error Indicators [sic] and [i.e.] in Cataloging

by Jeffrey Beall


Abstract: In bibliographic records, catalogers use the error indicators [sic] or [i.e.] with a correction to indicate that a preexisting error was noted on the item being cataloged that did not occur during the cataloging process.  This article analyzes this practice and provides examples of the recent use of the error indicators.  The article also suggests how the use of the error indicators in bibliographic records might be improved and describes aspects of their use that merit further study. Keywords: Cataloging, errors, inaccuracies, misspellings, transcription, sic, i.e.



Word Division in the Transcription of Chinese Script in the Title Fields of Bibliographic Records

by Clément Arsenault



Abstract: Recently, the Library of Congress adopted the pinyin Romanization system for transcribing Chinese data in its bibliographic records. In its canonical form, pinyin aggregates Chinese "words" into single linguistic units, but pinyin entries could be constructed following either a monosyllabic, or a polysyllabic pattern. Although the former is easier and less costly to implement, the latter method is potentially more beneficial for end-users, as it reduces ambiguity, and generates a much larger variety of indexable terms. The current study investigates if following the polysyllabic method improves retrieval efficiency and effectiveness in item-specific searching within online bibliographic databases. Analysis of the results revealed that aggregation of monosyllables does improve efficiency significantly (p < .05), especially during keyword searches, while effectiveness remains mainly unaffected. Keywords:  Chinese script; pinyin, word division, end users, bibliographic databases



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