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Cataloguing Without Tears: Managing Knowledge in the Information Society

Handbook / Manual

By: Jane Read

Chandos Publishing

Paperback | Oct 2003 | #141761 | ISBN: 1843340437
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Hardback | Oct 2003 | #141763 | ISBN: 1843340445
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About this book

Authorative guide to the principles of cataloguing for librarians, information scientists and information managers. It is intended to be used in conjunction with an internationally recognised standard to show how, firstly, cataloguing underpins all the other activities of an information service and, secondly, how to apply best practice in a variety of different situations.


Contents: ; Why bother to catalogue ; What to catalogue - writing a cataloguing policy, what a catalogue record contains, the politics of cataloguing,; Who should catalogue - how long does it take to catalogue a book, skill sets needed, appropriate levels of staffing, organising time; How to catalogue and not reinvent the wheel - choosing a records management system, international standards (AACR/MARC, ISBD, Dublin Core), subject cataloguing, and authority control; Is it a book, is it a journal - distinguishing between formats, the 'awkward squad', loose-leaf files, websites and skeletons; What's a strange attractor? Cataloguing subjects you know nothing about - finding the right subject headings, verifying your information; Ici on ne lit pas le francais: unknown languages and how to deal with them - what language is it, transcribing non-Roman alphabets, understanding the subject; Special cases - rare books and archival collections, children's books, electronic media; Resources for cataloguers - reference books, online discussion lists, conferences, bibliography

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Jane Read has over 13 years' experience in academic libraries. She currently works as a rare books cataloguer at the University of Reading, UK. The author is a regular speaker at conferences and contributor to professional journals.

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