Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 32, no. 3, 2001





The Importance of People


Cataloging & Classification Quarterly benefits from an energetic and talented editorial board including the journal's columnists.  It also could not exist without the authors who share their research, practical experiences, and a variety of insights into the profession and its practitioners.  More than most issues, CCQ 32(3) has a distinctly people focus and has contributions both by and about editorial board members. 



The CCQ interview features Martin Kurth talking with Barbara B. Tillett, a member of CCQ's editorial board, and the Library of Congress director of its Integrated Library System Program Office and Chief of the Cataloging Policy and Support Office.  Ėkos Domanovszky a little known Hungarian cataloging educator and theorist is the subject of a biographical article contributed by an international member of CCQ's editorial board.  A third member of CCQ's editorial board, Arlene Taylor, is honored through tributes by seven of her colleagues and former students. Although Taylor is retiring from teaching at the end of 2001, she will continue to enrich the profession for many years to come through her research and publications.



Topical articles treat the application of cataloging codes for author entries to the Spanish National Library Online Catalogs; error indicators [sic] and [i.e.] in cataloging; and word division in Chinese script transcription in the title fields of bibliographic records.  We are all beneficiaries of these authors' contributions to the cataloging literature.



CCQ's new feature, ERC-Electronic Resources for Catalogers, provides a useful annotated record of Internet-based discussion lists of interests to catalogers.  The Cataloging News column adds depth to the issue through conference reports, other news, and announcements.



As has been said before, "cataloging and classification are done by and for people." [1]  Without people there is not only no cataloging but there is no purpose to cataloging.  Working with people is one of my pleasures as editor of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.  Not only do I have the opportunity to interact with members of the editorial board and authors but I also have many contacts with staff members at Haworth Press.  


Beginning with CCQ volume 26, the Haworth Press has supported a "Best of Award" for each volume.  The award panels consisting of three members of the CCQ editorial board on a rotating basis, have a difficult yet pleasant decision to make among the many fine articles in any volume.  In the five volumes to date the diversity of award winners demonstrates the wide variety of article subjects and contributors.  They include practitioners and educators; a small college librarian, several large academic librarians and a special librarian.  The award recipients live in the United States, Mexico, and The Netherlands.  Their topics range from the theoretical to research to work patterns to "how to" and cover AACR in electronic form, the cataloging of aerial photographs, spatial metadata, English and Spanish language subject headings in catalogs; and changes in LSCH over a hundred years in a linguistic context.  The newest award recipient is Y. Mei Mah.  Her article "Cataloging Plus: Philosophy and Practice at a Small College Library," appears in CCQ 30(2/3) and was cited for "an excellent job of incorporating local details into a discussion with a broad outlook. In an article that is likely to appeal to both catalogers and non-catalogers, the author presents a delightful account of how a cataloger can be holistic and know what needs to be done to satisfy library users." 



Several of the award articles appeared in general issues of CCQ and several were part of theme issues.  As editor I value both the general issues and their diverse topics with some invited but many unsolicited papers.  I also believe that theme issues are a value service to catalogers and cataloging educators.  Usually guest edited by leaders in the area, theme issues gather the latest in research and practice on both "hot" topics and topics of longer term interest.  Theme issues currently underway include education; authority control; works; and classification.  Several others are in the early planning stages.  I am grateful to all the guest editors and individual authors for their time, creativity, and expertise.  With all of you we can maintain CCQ as an essential journal for those engaged in all aspects of cataloging broadly interpreted.



-- Ruth C. Carter



[1]. Carolynne Myall and Ruth C. Carter, "Introduction," Cataloging & Classification Quarterly 25(2/3):1 (1998).  Also published in Myall and Carter, Portraits in Cataloging & Classification, (Haworth Press: 1998).

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