Cataloging is the process of adding an item to a catalog, a process typically including bibliographic description, subject analysis, and classification. Cataloging has a rich history of practice, which can provide valuable lessons for many of today's information workers, from metadata specialists to reference librarians. A basic understanding of cataloging is highly beneficial for library employees, library users wishing to improve their catalog searching skills, and anybody interested in metadata. This textbook aims to provide a practical and engaging introduction to Cataloging and Classification, with numerous examples taken from public domain and freely licensed catalogs, such as those of the British Library, Harvard University and the University of Florida Smathers Libraries.
- Getting Started
- A History of Cataloging
- Cataloging standards
- Key Players in the Bibliographic Universe
- Descriptive Cataloging
- What is descriptive cataloging?
- Machine-Readable Cataloging (MARC)
- Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR2)
- Access points
- Authority Control
- First Level Cataloging Examples
- Subject Analysis and Classification
- Subject Analysis
- Controlled Vocabularies in Theory and Practice
- Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH)
- Dewey Decimal Classification
- Sears Subject Headings
- Other subject controlled vocabularies
- Cutter Numbers
- Classification Theory
- Special Print Materials
- Continuing Resources
- Children's Books
- Non-print materials
- Electronic Resources
- Video Recordings
- Sound Recordings
- Graphic and Cartographic Materials
- Musical scores
- Non-English Language Materials
- Non-Roman Scripts
- Trends and Developments
- Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR)
- Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD)
- Functional Requirements for Subject Authority Data (FRSAD)
- Resource Description and Access (RDA)
- Dublin Core Metadata Element Set (DCMES)
- Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS)
- Linked Data
- Copy Cataloging
- Outsourcing of Cataloging
- The Future of Cataloging
- Essential links
- Catalog records and rights
- Frequently used MARC Fields
- Rarely used MARC Fields
- Sample Cataloging Workflows
Contributing to this Book
Both Reference Lists and Bibliographies are placed at the end of your essay, assignment or thesis (unless your lecturer has specified differently, which may be the case for theses). Citations (references) are then arranged alphabetically by author or responsible organisation, or where no author is given, by title. (If the first word is a definite/indefinite article it should be ignored, e.g. The Story of Art should be filed alphabetically under Story). Citations by the same author are then arranged chronologically, with the most recent first.
It is important you consult with your lecturer or Course Notes to determine whether a Reference List or Bibliography is required.
Reference List (Example)
About Jenny Holzer 2011, dvd, Microcinema International, San Francisco, California.
Art + soul : a journey into the world of aboriginal art2010, television program, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Sydney, 4 October.
Art Farmer 1978, Art, sound recording, Cadet Records, Chicago, Ill.
Chains = Cantene/Titanus 2011, motion picture, British Film Institute, London.
Colli, MG 2009, Bilbao_6 Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, photograph, viewed 4 January 2012, <http://www.flickr.com/photos/52355315@N08/5757476385/>.
Di Trocchio, P 2011, Manstyle : men + fashion, exhibition catalogue, 11 March-27 November, National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Vic.
Eales, S (ed.) 2003, The Jacaranda atlas, 3rd edn, John Wiley & Sons, Brisbane.
Fujimoto, Tetsuo 1998, Work 98-1, Fibre art : Hemp cloth, polyester threads, Pellon backing and natural plant dyes Exhibited at: Textural Space exhibition, Surrey Institute of Art & Design, 27 Apr - 23 Jun 2001.
Google Earth 6.0. 2008. Hylands House and estates 51°42'39.17"N, 0°26'11.30"W, elevation 60M. 3D Buildings data layer, viewed 31 August 2011, <http://www.google.com/earth/index.html >.
Gorman, P 2001, The look: adventures in pop & rock fashion, Sanctuary Publishing Ltd, London.
Gough, P 2017, What makes art good or bad?, video recording, Youtube, viewed 17 July 2017,
Le Corbusier, c. 1950-1954, Notre-Dame du Haut, exterior, Ronchamp, France, viewed 12 January 2012, Oxford Art Online database.
Liebovitz, A 2002, Dancers: photographs by Annie Liebovitz, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington.
Melbourne Water 2012, Weekly water report 5 January 2012: Chart view Daily residential water use in Melbourne, Melbourne Water, Victoria, viewed 12 January 2012, <http://www.melbournewater.com.au/content/water_storages/report>.
Mojang 2009, Minecraft, video game, Xbox 360, Mojang, Sweden.
Nefertari with Isis, n.d. photograph, viewed 4 January 2012, <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Ankh_isis_nefertari.jpg>.
Sallowsky, M 2006, RMIT buildings - Brunswick campus, digital image, RMIT University, Melbourne, viewed 12 January 2012, <http://www.rmit.edu.au/browse;ID=218ujxd8tspl1>.
Turner, JMW 1812, Snow storm: Hannibal and army crossing the alps, Oil on canvas, 145×2360 mm, Turner Collection, Tate Gallery, Britain.
Ubisoft Entertainment 2012, Assassins creed III, computer program, Ubisoft Australia.