Cataloging & Classification Quarterly

Volume 42, no. 2, 2006


Editorial / Sandra K. Roe

Michael Carpenter, Book Review Editor
Describing Archives: A Content Standard by the Society of American Archivists Reviewed by Elizabeth A. Dow


Cataloging, Reception, and the Boundaries of a "Work"
Laurence S. Creider

ABSTRACT: The concept of a "work" is fundamental to cataloging and users, but there is no clear understanding of the point at which one work becomes another. Various factors influence the setting of the boundaries of a work including that of the reception of the work. Brief investigations of the transmission and study of works such as medieval saints' lives and the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle as well as works conceived in electronic form give insight into the processes involved and provide some clues for how catalogers can cope with these factors.

KEYWORDS. Works, Versions, Reception, Cataloging


Romanization Is Not Enough
James E. Agenbroad

ABSTRACT: For finding nonroman script library materials, catalogs with romanized access points alone are inadequate because they are unfamiliar to those who seek these materials. Relevant writers are surveyed. Information technology and MARC have eliminated the need to rely on card filers who knew only the order of letters in the roman alphabet. Two improvements are suggested: expand the MARC character repertoire and add rules to AACR to allow nonroman access points. Other issues are briefly described.

KEYWORDS. Nonroman scripts, access points, MARC, Unicode, AACR


A Survey of Continuing Professional Development Activities and Attitudes amongst Catalogers
Philip Hider

ABSTRACT: It has been widely recognised that MLS courses and on-the-job training need to be supplemented by continuing professional development (CPD), if catalogers are to fulfil their potential and remain in the field. The results of a questionnaire survey show that catalogers and other metadata specialists are undertaking a broad range of CPD activities, and would welcome more opportunities. They are especially keen on short courses, but also interested in more formal and longer-term programs, and are looking to upgrade their skills and knowledge in both traditional and emerging areas. While most think that their CPD efforts can advance their careers, many catalogers consider levels of support from employers and the profession to be less than adequate.

KEYWORDS. Continuing professional development, catalogers, education, training


Mathematics Subject Headings for the PreK-12 Community: A Comparison of Key Terms from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) Mathematics Standards to ERIC Thesaurus Descriptors and the Library of Congress Subject Headings
Karen A. Plummer

ABSTRACT: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is an international organization which supports the teaching and learning of mathematics for children from Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. In the year 2000, the NCTM produced Principles and Standards for School Mathematics; a document that has become the basis for state and local mathematics curriculum standards across the United States. This article examines the key terms identified in the NCTM standards, identifies their equivalents in the ERIC Thesaurus and the Library of Congress Subject Headings, and makes recommendations to bring library subject headings closer to reflecting the language common to mathematics educators.

KEYWORDS. Subject headings, LCSH, mathematics, curriculum center materials


A New Kid on the Block: The Start of a NACO Funnel Project and What is Needed to Start Your Own
Dustin P. Larmore

ABSTRACT: Describes a new Program for Cooperative Cataloging NACO funnel project that was begun in August 2004 among four academic and one state library in South Dakota. The desire to start this project originated from the South Dakota State Library, whose cataloging staff wanted to receive training on authority record creation in order to create and update authority records for state agency names. Details the work and steps that go into creating a funnel project, the training process, and includes a brief discussion of the types and scope of records that the South Dakota NACO Funnel Project has created to date.

KEYWORDS. NACO funnel projects, South Dakota NACO Funnel Project, name authority work


Shelflist in an Online Environment: Experience at Washington State University Libraries
Jane Bragg and Lihong Zhu

ABSTRACT: Since 1980, most of the functions of the card catalog have been gradually incorporated into the online catalog. In contrast, the traditional shelflist has fallen into obscurity as retrospective conversion projects have been completed. Most of the functions of the traditional shelflist have been incorporated into the online catalog; nevertheless, the online catalog still does not provide all the functions that the traditional shelflist used to perform. This paper introduces how Washington State University Libraries set up an online history file to incorporate some of the functions of the traditional shelflist into their online catalog.

KEYWORDS. Online history file, Shelflist, Innovative Interface Inc., cataloging, online withdrawal file


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