Volume 55, no. 4, 2017


Book Reviews

FRBR, Before and After: A Look at Our Bibliographic Models
by Karen Coyle.
Reviewed by Ed Jones
Associate Director, Assessment and Technical Services,
National University, San Diego, CA


Map Cataloging, from Basics to Beyond: An Interview with Paige G. Andrew
Paige G. Andrew & Rebecca L. Mugridge

ABSTRACT: Paige G. Andrew discusses his career in map cataloging and his work in cooperative cataloging programs and standards development. Topics covered include map cataloging, cooperative cataloging, scholarship and publishing in the field of map and geography librarianship, service to the profession, implementation of RDA, map cataloging workshops, and mentoring.

KEYWORDS: Catalogers, cataloging, cataloging standards, cooperative cataloging, cataloging education, metadata, maps

Original Articles

The Joy of Cataloging Community Cookbooks
Harriet E. Wintermute

ABSTRACT: Countless fundraiser or community cookbooks produced over the years provide ample research potential for history and social scholars. The production quality and the ephemeral nature of these cookbooks pose descriptive challenges when adding them to library catalogs. While Resource Description and Access brings more flexibility to the descriptive process, the current dependence on MARC records still imposes some restrictions on encoding the descriptive elements. Libraries are starting to transition towards a linked data environment using the Bibliographic Framework (under development by the Library of Congress), which will result in a richer and more flexible environment for bibliographic control.

KEYWORDS: BIBFRAME, cataloging, community cookbooks, ephemera, linked data (Semantic Web), MARC 21, Resource Description and Access (RDA)

Improving Collection Browsing: Small World Networking and Gray Code Ordering
Robert M. Losee

ABSTRACT: Documents in digital and paper libraries may be arranged, based on their topics, in order to facilitate browsing. It may seem intuitively obvious that ordering documents by their subject should improve browsing performance; the results presented in this article suggest that ordering library materials by their Gray code values and through using links consistent with the small world model of document relationships is consistent with improving browsing performance. Below, library circulation data, including ordering with Library of Congress Classification numbers and Library of Congress Subject Headings, are used to provide information useful in generating user-centered document arrangements, as well as user-independent arrangements. Documents may be linearly arranged so they can be placed in a line by topic, such as on a library shelf, or in a list on a computer display. Crossover links, jumps between a document and another document to which it is not adjacent, can be used in library databases to allow additional paths that one might take when browsing. The improvement that is obtained with different combinations of document orderings and different crossovers is examined and applications suggested.

KEYWORDS: Classification, browsing, subject headings, ordering, performance

Library Automation in Indian Central Universities: Issues and Challenges
Mehtab Alam Ansari, Gautam J. N. & Shahwar Fatima

ABSTRACT: The purpose of this article is to highlight the status and application of an automated cataloging system in central university libraries in north India. Data has been collected using questionnaires. Interview and observation techniques have also been used to bring objectivity in the present study. Results show that varying levels of progress have been made with respect to implementation of a cataloging system. Results also show that with the help of automation, libraries have satisfied user communities by way of easy retrieval. It has removed discrepancies and set a trend for standardization. Furthermore, staff morale has been boosted up in an automated environment.

KEYWORDS: Library automation, cataloging, library management software, Libsys, academic institutes, India, SOUL



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