1st Edition

Cataloging and Classification Back to Basics

Edited By Gretchen L. Hoffman, Karen Snow Copyright 2022
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    The cataloging and classification field is changing rapidly. New concepts and models, such as linked data, identity management, the IFLA Library Reference Model, and the latest revision of Resource Description and Access (RDA), have the potential to change how libraries provide access to their collections. To prepare library and information science (LIS) students to be successful cataloging practitioners in this changing landscape, they need a solid understanding of fundamental cataloging concepts, standards, and practices: their history, where they stand currently, and possibilities for the future.

    The chapters in Cataloging and Classification: Back to Basics are meant to complement textbooks and lectures so students can go deeper into specific topics. New and well-seasoned library practitioners will also benefit from reading these chapters as a way to refresh or fill gaps in their knowledge of cataloging and classification.

    The chapters in this book were originally published as a special issue of the journal, Cataloging & Classification Quarterly.

    Introduction: Cataloging and Classification: Back to Basics 
    Gretchen L. Hoffman and Karen Snow 
    Part 1: Fundamental Concepts in Cataloging 
    1. The Bibliographic Work: History, Theory, and Practice 
    Chris Holden 
    2. Cataloging Principles and Objectives: History and Development 
    Shawne D. Miksa 
    3. Authority Control Today: Principles, Practices, and Trends 
    Rebecca A. Wiederhold and Gregory F. Reeve 
    4. Aboutness and Conceptual Analysis: A Review 
    Ralph M. Holley and Daniel N. Joudrey 
    5. Controlled Vocabularies: Past, Present and Future of Subject Access 
    Catherine Smith 
    6. Library Classification Systems in the U.S.: Basic Ideas and Examples 
    Rachel Ivy Clarke 
    Part 2: Fundamental Cataloging Standards and Practices 
    7. Descriptive Cataloging: The History and Practice of Describing Library Resources 
    Brian Dobreski 
    8. Corporate Bodies: Access Points and Authority Control 
    Ben Abrahamse 
    9. Authority Control of Arabic Personal Names: RDA and Beyond 
    Iman Dagher and Denise Soufi 
    10. Records, Responsibility, and Power: An Overview of Cataloging Ethics 
    Jennifer M. Martin 
    11. Cataloging Children’s Materials: Issues and Solutions 
    Lesley S. J. Farmer 


    Gretchen L. Hoffman is Professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at Texas Woman’s University, Denton, Texas, USA. Her primary teaching and research interests focus on cataloging and classification.

    Karen Snow is Professor and the Ph.D. Program Director in the School of Information Studies at Dominican University, River Forest, Illinois, USA. Her primary teaching and research interests focus on cataloging, classification, and metadata.