Volume 54, no. 8, 2016


Book Reviews

Essential Classification
by Vanda Broughton.
Reviewed by Bobby Bothmann

Big Data, Little Data, No Data: Scholarship in the Networked World
by Christine L. Borgman.
Reviewed by Jane Greenberg

Oil Spill Impacts: Taxonomic and Ontological Approaches
edited by Yeju Wu.
Reviewed by Pauline A. Cochrane, Professor Emerita


An Interview with Arlene G. Taylor
Arlene G. Taylor & David P. Miller

ABSTRACT: In this interview, conducted via email during August 2016, Dr. Arlene G. Taylor discusses her career as a cataloger, professor of cataloging and classification, and her work in professional associations. Topics include her early cataloging and teaching experiences, changes in both cataloging practice and the teaching of cataloging, subject analysis, and "aboutness" as compared with form/genre access, professional experiences outside the United States, and the future of MLIS programs.

KEYWORDS: Arlene G. Taylor, cataloging, classification, library science education, Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, Second Edition, form/genre

Original Articles

How Should Catalogers Provide Authority Control for Journal Article Authors? Name Identifiers in the Linked Data World
Jane Sandberg & Qiang Jin

ABSTRACT: This article suggests that catalogers can provide authority control for authors of journal articles by linking to external international authority databases. It explores the representation of article authors from three disciplines in four databases: International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI), Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID), Scopus, and Virtual International Authority File (VIAF). VIAF and Scopus are particularly promising databases for journal author names, but we believe that a combination of several name databases holds more promise than relying on a single database. We provide examples of RDF links between bibliographic description and author identifiers, including a partial BIBFRAME 2.0 description

KEYWORDS: Authority control, name authority data, linked data, discovery layers, BIBFRAME, Virtual International Authority File, vocabulary control

Genre Groups in Knowledge Organization
Marek Nahotko

ABSTRACT: The article is an introduction to the development of Andersen's concept of textual tools used in knowledge organization (KO) in light of the theory of genres and activity systems. In particular, the question is based on the concepts of genre connectivity and genre group, in addition to previously established concepts such as genre hierarchy, set, system, and repertoire. Five genre groups used in KO are described. The analysis of groups, systems, and selected genres used in KO is provided, based on the method proposed by Yates and Orlikowski. The aim is to show the genre system as a part of the activity system, and thus as a framework for KO.

KEYWORDS: Knowledge organization, text genres, genre connectivity, genre groups, controlled vocabularies

My Fair Metadata: Cataloging Legal Deposit Ebooks at the National Library of France
Sophie Derrot & Mathilde Koskas

ABSTRACT: French law on digital legal deposit covers websites and online content as well as ebooks. It imposes no obligation to produce a bibliography, indexing being sufficient. But despite their innovative characteristics, ebooks are still books, and their metadata is closer to that of printed materials than to the web indexing. To set up an ebook deposit workflow, the BnF benefits from its experience with digital documents and its tradition of legal deposit. This is to present the questions that it faces when dealing with the cataloging of ebooks and the management of their metadata, and the solutions that are emerging.

KEYWORDS: Catalogers, cataloging, experimental, electronic books, books

The State of Cataloging Research: An Analysis of Peer-Reviewed Journal Literature, 2010–2014
Lori J. Terrill

ABSTRACT: The importance of cataloging research was highlighted by a resolution declaring 2010 as "The Year of Cataloging Research." This study of the peer-reviewed journal literature from 2010 to 2014 examined the state of cataloging literature since this proclamation. The goals were to determine the percentage of cataloging literature that can be classified as research, what research methods were used, and whether the articles contributed to the library assessment conversation. Nearly a quarter of the cataloging literature qualifies as research; however, a majority of researchers fail to make explicit connections between their work and the missions of their libraries.

KEYWORDS: Cataloging research, metadata research, library assessment, LIS journals, research methods, data analysis methods



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