Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 33, no. 1, 2001


 

CONTENTS  

 

EDITORIAL: Teachers / by Ruth C. Carter

 

CCQ INTERVIEW / Carolynne Myall, Interviews Editor

 

Cataloging and Classification Standards and Practices, Library and Information Science Education, and a Student Legacy: An Interview with Kathryn Luther Henderson

 

 

by Mark Jacobs

 

 

Abstract.  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.

Keywords.  Kathryn Luther Henderson, cataloging and classification, library and information science education

   

 

ERC:  Metadata Standards for Library Catalogers

 

by Lyn Condron , Cecilia Picolo Tittemore

 


 

Articles

 

 

The Cataloger's Workstation Revisited: Utilizing Cataloger''s Desktop

 

by Betsy Simpson, Priscilla Williams

 

 

Abstract.  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.

Keywords: Cataloger's Desktop, cataloging, tools, aggregators, online, workstation

 

 

Mapping CCF to MARC21: an experimental approach

by Rajesh Chandrakar

 

 

Abstract.  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.

Keywords: CCF, MARC21, Bibliographic Standards, Bibliographic Control

 

 

A Question of Perspective: Assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings to Classical Literature and Ancient History

 

by Juliet Poll

 

 

Abstract.   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.

Keywords.  subject cataloguing, world-view, culture, perspective, Classics, Ancient history, Library of Congress Subject Headings, subject analysis.

 

 

Indexing - Neglected and Poorly Understood

 

by Masse Bloomfield

 

 

Abstract.  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. 

Keywords.  Indexing, indexers, Internet indexing, human indexing, machine indexing, searching

 

 

BOOK REVIEWS

 

Michael Carpenter, Book Review Editor

 

Proceedings 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 Sandberg-Fox

              Reviewed by Robert P. Holley

 

Seminario FRBE = FRBR Seminar: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records = Requisiti Funzionali Per Record Bibliografici, Florence, 27-28 January 2000, Proceedings.  Edited by Mauro Guerrini.

            Reviewed by Eugenie Greig

 

Introduzione a FRBE: Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records = Requisiti Funzionali per Record Bibliografici, by Carlo Fhilli and Mauro Guerrini.

            Reviewed by Eugenie Greig

 

 

CATALOGING NEWS

 

Sandra K. Roe, News Editor

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