Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 40, no. 2, 2005



Editorial / by Ruth C. Carter


The Electronic Resources for Catalogers feature opens this issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly with a look at XISBN. Two following articles focus on helping users. The first article examines how better indexing can improve user satisfaction. A second author recommends that the Library of Congress and other libraries adopt Chinese Romanization and syllable aggregation as a means of helping users understand Chinese records.

Shifting employer expectations for entry cataloger hires motivated a study that examines these expectations and requirements by type of library. This information potentially is useful to educators and library school students as well as the employers.

Working catalogers now conduct many discussions via electronic lists. One author traces discussions from 1993-2003 concerning the application of form/genre headings to foreign films that took place on two e-lists (AUTOCAT and OLAC-LIST). Aspects of subject cataloging are discussed in two additional articles. The cataloging of spirits is used to explore evolving theories of authorship and bibliographic identity in the library catalog. The final article herein takes up the topic of biased subject headings through the prism of Sanford Berman’s 1971 suggestions concerning his perspective of biased headings and his proposed remedies. The author tracks changes that have occurred since Berman wrote and analyzes remaining areas of bias.
The news column as compiled by Sandra Roe completes the issue.

Transitions are a norm in bibliographic control, albeit often slowly. They are also a fact of life in general. Now, transitions are in store for both Sandra Roe and myself. As I write this, I expect to complete my service as editor with volume 41. Beginning with volume 42 Sandra Roe will take over as editor of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. Even as this issue goes to press, she has assumed responsibility for the review of new manuscript submissions. We are working closely together to assure a smooth transition for CCQ. You will hear more of this in my subsequent issues, and, undoubtedly in Roe’s as well. It is always good when a transition is positive and I look forward to mine. Although I have thoroughly enjoyed being editor of CCQ, after 20 years it is time to devote my attention to some more personal activities. I could not be more pleased that Sandra Roe is my successor. It is an exciting transition for her as well.

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