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Introduction to Cataloging and Classification
In the latest edition of this classic work, Arlene Taylor once again offers a complete, up-to-date, and practical guide to the world of cataloging and classification. Since the publication of the ninth and ninth-revised editions (2000 and 2004), changes have occurred in almost all areas of the organization of information in general, as well as in cataloging and classificat ...more
Paperback, 608 pages
Published May 1st 2006 by Libraries Unlimited
(first published 1971)
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After owning this book for around five years, I have still only found about 5 pages of the content really helpful. This might have some role as a reference book for beginning catalogers who are still working in AACR2, but it would not serve very well as a text book or tutorial. The text is very dense and formatted in a confusing manner. I had hoped this book would provide a greater range of examples than those offered in the LC Cataloger's Desktop, but the examples are usually terse and often un ...more
I found reading this book torturous. To be fair, the content is dry to begin with. Taylor does a good job of including relevant information, and she made it as readable as she possibly could. Obviously, I only pick up this book because it was assigned. Reading it and taking a course in cataloging helped me grasp the basics, and I do think every librarian should have this knowledge. But--this text and the course made me realize I would not enjoy copy cataloging. It's tedious and repetitive. I'm g ...more
This book is comprehensive and full of examples of AACR2 rules. It also describes the virtues and vices of classification schemes like Dewey and LCC; and it outlines important classmarks and MARC fields (though the online MARC descriptions from OCLC and the Library of Congress are far more detailed and updated). But it's short on RDA since it was written around the time that RDA was being developed and tested.
Finally gave in and bought this 11 weeks into the semester. Planning on permanently keeping it at my desk at work. I'm the kind of person who buys about 3 books a year and borrows the rest. This one is worth the investment, though it certainly doesn't win any prizes for being fun or interesting or easy to read.
This is the textbook from my class. Not a bad read so far. I was expecting cataloging to be some beast, and although it does require a lot of work, cataloging is natural human work...it is what we do with everything in life to get organized and keep ourselves on track (organizing the kitchen pantry, our cloths, our movie collection, etc.).
I chose this book because I think that it may be handy in the future. The books that I read for library science courses were beneficial but I searched online for a better resource with more detailed information. This book sounds like a great introduction to cataloging and classification which will be very beneficial in my future career.
Eh, it was good I guess. I mean, it's a textbook so I wasn't super excited about reading it. BUT I did use it several times over the semester, which is after all what textbooks are for, so it did its duty. I do wish there'd been a bit more discussion of RDA, though.