Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 34, no. 4, 2002





EDITORIAL / by Ruth C. Carter


CCQ INTERVIEW /  Carolynne Myall, Interviews Editor


An Interview with Filiberto Felipe Martínez Arellano

by Christina Wolcott McCawley


Abstract: Dr. Filiberto Felipe Martínez Arellano, Director of the University Center for Library Science Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM), discusses his career in library technical services, library education, and library science research.  Other topics in this interview include librarianship and library education in Mexico, cataloging practice in Mexico, and the role of the University Center for Library Science Research at UNAM. Keywords: Filiberto Felipe Martínez Arellano.  University Center for Library Science Research at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).  Library education--Mexico.  Librarians--Mexico. LIBRUNAM.  Cataloging and classification--Mexico.


ERC: Library Catalogs on the Web

Lyn Condron and Cecilia Piccolo Tittemore, ERC Editors




CATALOGING NEWS / Sandy Roe, News Editor





Ambiguous Authorship and Uncertain Authenticity: A Cataloger’s Dilemma

by Jana Brubaker


Abstract:  Cataloging works whose authorship is unclear or whose authenticity is in question is a long-standing issue that presents a unique challenge to the cataloger.  AACR2R provides detailed guidance for determining the main entry heading, and the Subject Cataloging Manual includes instructions for the use of subdivisions; however, they are of limited assistance when dealing with ambiguous works.  This article looks at some recent works that have generated controversy in their respective disciplines, and discusses the ideological and ethical implications of cataloging decisions made for them.  Suggestions for cataloging these uncommon but vexing works include using notes that reflect the principles stated in the “Library Bill of Rights,” and rethinking our use of reference sources. Keywords: Cataloging, Authorship, Main entry, Subject Cataloging


A Conceptual Model for the New Soggettario: Subject Indexing in the Light of FRBR

by Pino Buizza, Mauro Guerrini


Abstract: The National Central Library in Florence, Italy, has commissioned a feasibility study for the renewal of the Soggettario [Subject headings for Italian libraries]. It is indispensable for the theoretical development to take place within the international debate. To approach the topic of a new Soggettario from a broad outlook reference to the FRBR. The subject is analyzed as a relation between the entities in the third group: concept, object, event, place and the entity work. The model identify the logical entities, attributes and relationships which run between the entities. The article return to and amplify the user tasks of FRBR which involve a subject: 1. find the works on a given subject; 2. find the works in which a concept is significantly treated; 3. select a work by its main subject only; 4. lead to a search for works on related subjects; 5. lead to a search for works in which related or connected subjects are handled. Keywords: FRBR, Subject indexing, Italian Subject Cataloging


The Practice of Bliss

by K. E. Attar


Abstract: The second edition of Bliss’s Bibliographic Classification (BC2) has been acclaimed as a modern, faceted scheme that offers short classmarks with enhanced exactitude.  Simultaneously, doubts have been voiced about its success because it is new and lacks institutional support.  Both praise and skepticism have been expressed in theoretical terms.  The present article tests the opinions by case studies.  It compares BC2 classmarks with DDC, LCC and UDC classmarks for works about Shakespeare to demonstrate the truth of the claim that BC2  offers greater precision and brevity.  It then summarizes the results of a survey sent to non-Bliss Cambridge College libraries which substantiates in practical terms reservations about BC2, but shows that evidence of its success where practiced causes it to be regarded sympathetically. Keywords:  Bliss, BC2, classification



Arabic Script Materials: Cataloging Issues and Problems

by Zahiruddin Khurshid


Abstract: Some of the problems in cataloging of Arabic script materials are due to the peculiarities of Arabic books, not generally found in European or American imprints, such as the lack of chief source of information, missing date of publication, mixing up the term impression with edition, etc. Other problems result from the difficulties in determining the form of Arabic personal and corporate names, lack of standard Arabic subject headings, poor coverage of Islamic and Arabic literature, history, culture, customs, and religion in western classification systems, limitation of the MARC format in dealing with the requirements of Arabic script materials, and the lower standard of cataloging education and training. The paper discusses all these problems in detail and highlights various attempts, both successful and unsuccessful, made to resolve them. 

Keywords. Arabic script, Arabic cataloging, Arabic/Muslim names, Arabic

subject headings, MARC


Cataloging the Curriculum Library:  New Procedures for Non-Traditional Formats

by Martha Fallahay Loesch, Marta Mestrovic Deyrup


Abstract: This report examines some of the technical problems of integrating a curriculum resource center into an academic library setting. Procedures for conducting an inventory of existing materials, processing multi-media and other non-print formats, and displaying and retrieving materials within a Web OPAC are discussed. An analysis of how cataloging staff can use the new ACRL standards to reshape how students and faculty access information resources is provided. Keywords:  curriculum resource center, academic library, information access, cataloging non-traditional materials, curriculum materials, partnership, department of education, Seton Hall University


Why Authority? Why Control?

by Ling Hwey Jeng


Abstract: This paper compares the difference between approaches to defining database quality in cataloging and in online databases.  Authority control is a solution created by catalogers to ensure that access points are both collocated and differentiated in a library catalog.  This time consuming and costly method of quality control is used by catalogers based on the principle that the quality of individual cataloging records determines the success rate for user searching the library catalog. The principle is not shared by creators of online databases, who universally prefer speed to uniformity and standardization of access points.  Keywords: authority control, online searching, evaluation

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