Volume 57, no. 2/3 2019


Book Reviews

Migrating Library Data: A Practical Manual
edited by Kyle Banerjee and Bonnie Parks. Chicago: Neal Schuman, 2017. xix, 251 p. illus. ISBN 978-0-8389-1503-5. $56.00.
Reviewed by Christina L. Hennessey

Original Articles

Classification and Subject Indexing Issues at a Mexican Library Specializing in Law Research
by Filiberto Felipe Martínez-Arellano, Federico Hernández-Pacheco & Efrén Chávez-Hernández

ABSTRACT: Subject indexing and classification of law resources is a complex issue due to several factors: specialized meanings of legal terms, meanings across different branches of law, terms in legal systems from diverse countries, and terms in different languages. These issues led to the development of a classification and subject indexing system which will help answer the major challenges of indexing and classifying law resources in the Research Institute Library at the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Adopting its own classification required interdisciplinary work between law and information organization specialists, constant updating by legal specialists and others beyond the Legal Research Institute; and the sharing of this classification system with other institutions. Now, this classification system is used by important institutions that specialize in law, such as the network of Libraries of the Supreme Court of Justice of the Nation of Mexico. The purpose of this article is to show why and how this law classification and subject system was developed and is continuously being updated by libarians and law scholars in order for it to meet their specific needs.

KEYWORDS: Subject cataloging, special libraries, indexing vocabularies, law libraries, classification systems, catalogers

A Survey of RDA in Asia and a Vision for Future Development
by Zhao Dandan, Ding Zheng & Qi Dongfeng

ABSTRACT: At the end of 2017, the National Library of China (NLC) was invited by the RDA Board to become the National Institution Representative for Asia. It is a good opportunity for the NLC to be more visible and to contribute to the international community. However, RDA promotion is a demanding task considering the economic and professional conditions in Asia. In this article, we (1) summarize RDA study and practice in China especially NLC’s advances, (2) analyze the survey of Asian libraries conducted by the NLC in 2018 with regard to RDA, and (3) discuss RDA promotion initiatives undertaken by the NLC.

RDA implementation, RDA survey, RDA development in Asia, RDA in China, prospect of RDA in Asia

"Is This a Chapter Book?": Parent-Involved Categorization in a Kindergarten Classroom Book Collection
by Chris Holstrom

ABSTRACT: Many primary school classrooms have book collections. Most teachers organize and maintain these collections by themselves, although some involve students in the processes. This qualitative study considers a third approach, parent-involved categorization, to understand how people without library or education training categorize books. We observed and interviewed parents and a teacher who worked together to categorize books in a kindergarten classroom. They employed multiple orthogonal organizing principles, felt that working collaboratively made the task less overwhelming, solved difficult problems pragmatically, organized books primarily to facilitate retrieval by the teacher, and left lumping and splitting decisions to the teacher.

KEYWORDS: Classroom book collections, categorization, case studies, parents, teachers

Purpose-driven Assessment of Cataloging and Metadata Services: Transforming Broken Links into Linked Data
by Charlene Chou

ABSTRACT: In response to the impact of emerging technologies, this article examines the relationship between strategic planning and the assessment methodologies of cataloging and metadata services and explores (or "suggests" if appropriate) how to assess cataloging and metadata activities more effectively and relevantly. Besides literature review, the author conducted surveys for more than seventy librarians and follow-up interviews with three library administrators. The results indicate the gap between strategic planning and assessment for cataloging and metadata services, and identify the significance of impact and users' needs in strategic planning for the assessment of cataloging and metadata services. These elements are critical in transforming the broken links in the current cataloging assessment into a purpose-driven assessment corresponding to users' needs and evolving technologies.

KEYWORDS: Assessment, cataloging, metadata, management, user-centered services

Wikipedia Knows the Value of What the Library Catalog Forgets
by Kris Joseph

ABSTRACT: Shifting library catalogs from physical to digital has come at a cost. Catalog records no longer leave traces of their own evolution, which is a loss for librarianship. The subjective nature of information classification warrants self-examination, within which we may see the evolution of practice, debates over attribution and relevance, and how culture is reflected in the systems used to describe it. Wikipedia models what is possible: revision histories and discussion pages function as knowledge generators. A list of unanswerable questions for the modern catalog urges us to construct a new, forward-thinking bibliography that allows us to look backward.

KEYWORDS: Library catalogs, catalog design, historical analysis, revision history, classification systems



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