Volume 52, no. 2, 2014


Book Reviews

Indexing: From Thesauri to the Semantic Web by Pierre de Keyser
Reviewed by Elizabeth J. Cox

The Survey of Academic Library Cataloging Practices, 2013 Edition
Reviewed by Linda Barnhart

Demystifying FRAD: Functional Requirements for Authority Data by Qiang Jin
Reviewed by John Myers

Original Articles

The Use of BISAC in Libraries as New Cases of Reader-Interest Classifications
Daniel Martínez-Ávila, Rosa San Segundo & Hope A. Olson

ABSTRACT: In the recent years, several libraries in the United States have been experimenting with Book Industry Standards and Communications (BISAC), the classification system of the book industry, as an alternative to the Dewey Decimal Classification. Although rarely discussed, these cases of implementation of BISAC arguably resemble other past cases of replacement of traditional classifications that received the name of reader-interest classifications. In this article, a comparison of the BISAC cases to the previous cases of reader-interest classifications is taken in order to determine if the current application of BISAC to libraries is susceptible to the same problems, dangers, and ends as occurred in the past.

KEYWORDS: classification, classification systems, Dewey Decimal classification, controlled vocabularies, subject access

Kirjasampo: Rethinking Metadata
Kaisa Hypén

ABSTRACT: Kirjasampo.fi is a Web service for fiction. It was constructed after rethinking all the phases of metadata production, and is the first Finnish information system for libraries to be built with the tools of the Semantic Web. Kirjasampo is based on a metadata schema for fiction that uses a Resource Description Framework (RDF) data model. A user-friendly annotation editor enables library professionals to save, accumulate, and distribute literary knowledge and tacit information. The goal of Kirjasampo is to describe the contents of literary works based on the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records. Content description is done using ontologies, which enable a flexible linking of metadata.

KEYWORDS: data models, linked data, fiction, ontologies, Finland, public libraries

Catalogers' Perceptions and Use of Social Media and Conventional Information Sources for Professional Development Lori J. Terrill

ABSTRACT: Many professional development information sources are available to catalogers, who may be constrained by limited time and money to devote to them. This article reports the results of a survey gathering information on six types of information sources: journal articles, conferences, electronic discussion lists, blogs, microblogs, and social networking sites. Catalogers rated these resources regarding their importance to filling professional development needs, the reliability of the information disseminated, and their usefulness for obtaining specific types of information. The results should help catalogers and their administrators decide where to focus their attention both as consumers and disseminators of continuing education information.

KEYWORDS: professional development, continuing education, journal articles, conferences, electronic discussion lists, social media

ARL Cataloger Librarian Roles and Responsibilities Now and In the Future
Jeanne M. K. Boydston & Joan M. Leysen

This article details the results of a 2011 study of cataloger librarians' changing roles and responsibilities at academic Association of Research Libraries. The study participants, cataloging department heads, report that cataloger librarian roles are expanding to include cataloging more electronic resources and local hidden collections in addition to print materials. They are also creating non-MARC metadata. The increased usage of vendor products and services is also affecting the roles of cataloger librarians at some institutions. The article explores what skills cataloger librarians will need in the future and how libraries are providing training for that future.

KEYWORDS: cataloging, cataloger librarian, future, metadata, roles, skills



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