Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 41, no. 1, 2005

 


 

Editorial / by Ruth C. Carter



Some Closing Thoughts

This current issue of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly includes articles on a wide range of topics. The first of the articles, as opposed to the interview which I will discuss later, looks at the cataloging principles behind the Internet Movie Database. The issue of cataloger recruitment follows in a report covering recruitment of academic catalogers during 2000-2002.

A third article is a classified critical bibliography of the Library of Congress Subject Headings covering critical literature from 1990-2001. It highlights persistent concerns and also new developments and research.
Authority control is the focus of an article that reports on a survey of its practice in academic libraries in the United States. Next, a primer for the subject analysis of thesis and dissertations in the hard sciences provides detailed guidance to beginning catalogers without backgrounds in the physical sciences or engineering.
Two authors describe mapping between two schemes for the classification of software classification. Finally, an author examines the intricacies involved in cataloging a large government publication set, such as the Congressional Serial Set, in the era of electronic resources and commercial digitization projects in progress. The News Column including a report on the OLAC Conference completes the features.

The aforementioned interview provides a look at the forty-seven year cataloging related career of Judith Hopkins including her experience as an OCLC employee in its very earliest days through her founding of AUTOCAT and other stops along the way. Judith’s dedication to cataloging has enriched us all as has the Interviews column under the energetic editorship of Carolynne Myall.

This is also time to acknowledge the many individuals who have enriched my life as editor of Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. After assuming this position in 1984 the time has come for me to concentrate on personal activities in my retirement years and to turn CCQ over to the future with its new editor Sandra Roe. Sandy, as she prefers to be called, has served as CCQ’s News editor, guest edited one theme issue, and co-edited a second. She has the energy, insights, and professional involvement to make a great CCQ editor.
No editor, however, works alone. A journal is really a collaborative effort involving editorial board members, column and feature editors, authors, readers, production staff, and many others at Haworth Press, including Bill Cohen, Haworth’s Publisher, who provide the infrastructure and support needed to produce a journal. I have enjoyed working with all of the many individuals involved over the now more than twenty years that I have been editor.

It is particularly important to recognize the support that I have had from the members of the editorial board including the column and feature editors. They have over the years reviewed many manuscripts, contributed useful and fascinating features, shared their creativity and enthusiasm, guest edited theme issues, and, in general, have been essential to CCQ. They deserve considerable credit for this journal’s value to those concerned with bibliographic control around the world. Approximately twenty of those listed in the front of the journal have been with me and CCQ since I began as editor. Michael Carpenter, the Book Review editor, even predates me as he became a member of the editorial board during my predecessor’s editorship. Please know that I value each and every one of you as well as those who have joined the board more recently or served earlier but are not currently involved directly. There are so many people to thank that perhaps it is better to not cite individuals, although a special thanks goes to my own cataloging teacher, Kathryn Luther Henderson who still is an inspiration to me and many others. Everyone who has contributed to CCQ during my tenure as editor will stay in both my heart and head.

It has been fun and gratifying to expand CCQ’s international presence. We have many more articles from all over the globe, more international editorial board members, and a much larger international readership than when I became editor. Part of this is because globalization is a fact of life in our interconnected and interdependent twenty-first century world. Cataloging and the desire to share information mirrors and facilitates that international dimension of our environment.

I’ve also tried to live up to my promise when I first began to find a balance between the theoretical and the applied aspects of cataloging and classification. Both research and practice are important to our profession and, as I have suggested in the past, they too are interdependent. Overall, I believe CCQ has published a good mix of articles appealing to practitioners, educators, researchers, and users of library catalogs of all types.

This issue is the first issue in my thirty-sixth and last volume (vol. 41) . So, I will still be submitting material for a final three issues after this issue goes to press. The final issues are scheduled to comprise a theme issue on the topic of the international education for cataloging. Dajin Sun is co-editing the international education issues with me. Because my final issues will focus on a single topic, I won’t have another general issue in which to write an editorial. Consequently, my closing thoughts as editor (or some of them, at least) are here. I look forward to keeping involved with CCQ as editor emeritus. But now it is Sandy’s turn to have this opportunity and fulfilling experience. Thanks to everyone and best of luck in the future.

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