Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 35, no. 1-4, 2002





Martin D. Joachim

special theme issue guest editor


INTRODUCTION / by Martin D. Joachim


This collection of essays considers the historical aspects of cataloging and classification throughout the world and throughout the centuries. This volume on historical topics includes articles from many countries that illustrate not only the differences but also the commonalities in their histories.  In this volume there are twenty-seven articles by thirty-two authors from ten countries (Argentina, Australia, Botswana, China, Costa Rica, Germany, Iran, Japan, Mexico, and the United States) on six continents.  Of the thirty-two authors, fifteen are practicing librarians, eleven are library educators, two are retired librarians, two are library school students, and two are non-librarians. They represent national, state, university, and special libraries.  The articles have been divided into three categories:  general works on cataloging rules, individual countries or regions, and special formats or topics. 



The authors have written on a wide variety of topics from the general (for example, cataloging rules, classification schemes, Western influence on cataloging worldwide, issues dealing with specific formats of materials, the importance of providing access to unique materials, development of online systems, and histories of cataloging in many countries) to the specific (for example, Alaskan native languages and cultures, development of the law classification at the Library of Congress, book collectors of imperial Spain, and the cataloging of sexual materials). There is much fascinating and important information contained in these twenty-seven articles, and the reader will learn much from them.



The success of a volume such as this depends on many individuals in addition to those who have written articles. I have called upon fellow members of the Editorial Board of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly for advice and suggestions in identifying potential authors from throughout the world. They were unhesitatingly kind and helpful.  I wish to express my gratitude to Michael Carpenter (Louisiana State University), Ruth Carter (Editor-in-Chief of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly), Peter Haddad (National Library of Australia), Felipe Martinez Arellano (National Autonomous University of Mexico), Monika Münnich (University of Heidelberg), John Riemer (UCLA), Richard Smiraglia (Long Island University), Elizabeth Steinhagen (University of New Mexico), and Dajin Sun (Yale University).  Several of these colleagues have written articles for this volume.  In addition I thank James Cole of Iowa State University and Rahmat Fattahi of Ferdowsi University (Mashhad, Iran) for their advice.  And finally I express my appreciation to the Indiana University Libraries in general and to two colleagues in particular: Mechael Charbonneau for her assistance with some of the articles in this volume from Spanish-speaking countries and to Steven Hendren for his guidance, patience, and good humor in helping me with the illustrations and graphics that accompany many of the articles.

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