Cataloging & Classification Quarterly
Volume 33, no. 1, 2001
Teachers / by Ruth
Cataloging and Classification Standards and Practices, Library and Information Science Education, and a Student Legacy: An Interview with Kathryn Luther Henderson
Kathryn Luther Henderson discusses her career as librarian and teacher,
including her long tenure at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC)
as student and faculty member at the UIUC library school.
She offers perspectives on cataloging practices past and present, relates
her personal teaching philosophy, and reveals how her continuing enthusiasm for
her chosen profession is reflected in the work and careers of her students.
Kathryn Luther Henderson, cataloging and classification, library and
information science education
Metadata Standards for Library Catalogers
Cataloger's Workstation Revisited: Utilizing Cataloger''s Desktop
A few years into the development of Cataloger's Desktop, an electronic
cataloging tool aggregator available through the Library of Congress, is an
opportune time to assess its impact on cataloging operations.
A search for online cataloging tools on the Internet indicates a
proliferation of cataloging tool aggregators which provide access to online
documentation related to cataloging practices and procedures.
Cataloger's Desktop stands out as a leader among these aggregators.
Results of a survey to assess 159 academic ARL and large public
libraries' reasons for use or non-use of Cataloger's Desktop highlight the
necessity of developing strategies for its successful implementation including
training staff, providing documentation, and managing technical issues.
Cataloger's Desktop, cataloging, tools, aggregators, online, workstation
CCF to MARC21: an experimental approach
The purpose of this article is to raise and address a number of issues
pertaining to the conversion of Common Communication Format (CCF) into MARC21.
In this era of global resource sharing, exchange of bibliographic records from
one system to another is imperative in today's library communities. Instead of
using a single standard to create machine-readable catalogue records, more than
20 standards have emerged and are being used by different institutions. Because
of these variations in standards, sharing of resources and transfer of data from
one system to another among the institutions locally and globally has become a
significant problem. Addressing this problem requires keeping in mind countries
such as India and southeast Asia, which are using the CCF as a standard for
creating bibliographic cataloguing records. This paper describes a way to map
the bibliographic catalogue records from CCF to MARC21, although 100% mapping is
not possible. In addition, the paper describes an experimental approach that
enumerates problems that may occur during the mapping of records/exchanging of
records and how these problems can be overcome.
CCF, MARC21, Bibliographic Standards, Bibliographic Control
Question of Perspective: Assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings to
Classical Literature and Ancient History
This article explains the concept of world view and
shows how the world view of cataloguers influences the development and
assignment of subject headings to works about other cultures and civilizations,
using works from Classical literature and Ancient history as examples.
Cataloguers are encouraged to evaluate the headings they assign to works
in Classical literature and Ancient history in terms of the world views of
Ancient Greece and Rome so that headings reflect the contents of the works they
describe and give fuller expression to the diversity of thoughts and themes that
characterise these ancient civilizations.
subject cataloguing, world-view, culture, perspective, Classics, Ancient
history, Library of Congress Subject Headings, subject analysis.
- Neglected and Poorly Understood
The growth of the Internet has highlighted the use of machine indexing.
The difficulties in using the Internet as a searching device can be
frustrating. The use of the term
"Python" is given as an example.
Machine indexing is noted as "rotten" and human indexing as
"capricious." The problem
seems to be a lack of a theoretical foundation for the art of indexing.
What librarians have learned over the last hundred years has yet to yield
a consistent approach to what really works best in preparing index terms and in
the ability of our customers to search the various indexes.
An attempt is made to consider the elements of indexing, their pros and
cons. The argument is made that
machine indexing is far too prolific in its production of index terms. Neither librarians nor computer programmers have made much
progress to improve Internet indexing. Human
indexing has had the same problems for over fifty years.
Indexing, indexers, Internet indexing, human indexing, machine indexing,
Carpenter, Book Review Editor
of the Bicentennial Conference on Bibliographic Control for the New Millennium:
Confronting the Challenges of Networked Resources and the Web, Washington, D.C.,
November 15-17, 2000. Edited by Ann
Reviewed by Robert P. Holley
FRBE = FRBR Seminar: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records =
Requisiti Funzionali Per Record Bibliografici, Florence, 27-28 January 2000,
Proceedings. Edited by Mauro
Reviewed by Eugenie Greig
a FRBE: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records = Requisiti Funzionali
per Record Bibliografici, by Carlo Fhilli and Mauro Guerrini.
Reviewed by Eugenie Greig
Sandra K. Roe, News Editor