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The Organization of Information


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Provides a detailed and insightful discussion of such basic retrieval tools as bibliographies, catalogs, indexes, finding aids, registers, databases, major bibliographic utilities, and other organizing entities.

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List of Figures Preface Acknowledgments by Arlene G. Taylor Acknowledgments by Daniel N. Joudrey Chapter 1: Organization of Recorded Information Chapter 2: Retrieval Tools Chapter 3: Development of the Organization of Recorded Information in Western Civilization Chapter 4: Metadata Chapter 5: Encoding Standards Chapter 6: Systems and System Design Chapter 7: Metadata: Description Chapter 8: Metadata: Access and Authority Control Chapter 9: Subject Analysis Chapter 10: Systems for Vocabulary Control Chapter 11: Systems for Categorization Conclusion Appendix A: An Approach to Subject Analysis Appendix B: Arrangement of Physical Information Resources Appendix C: Arrangement of Metadata Displays Glossary Selected Bibliography Index

About the Author

Arlene G. Taylor is professor emerita, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and author of several works on cataloging and classification and authority control. She has received ALA's Margaret Mann Citation in Cataloging and Classification and the ALA Highsmith Library Literature Award.Daniel N. Joudrey is assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, where he teaches information organization and cataloging. His research interests include aboutness determination, subject access to information, and cataloging education.


"With chapters on the many complex methods one must deal with to maintain the integrity of original documents, items, and other important subjects, The Organization of Information is complete and comprehensive in its application. The Organization of Information is enhanced with bibliographies, indexes, glossaries, and more, making it an absolute must for any archive which wants to serve its purpose well." - The Midwest Book Review
"While the text covers the theory, principles, standards, and tools behind information organization in all types of environments, the main focus is on libraries. The text has been reorganized and extensively updated throughout, including new and expanded material on indexing, abstracting, archival finding aids, museum databases, metadata models, XML and XML schemas, the future of MARC, discovery interfaces to information systems, next generation catalogs, new metadata standards (DACS, CCO, CDWA, and FRBR), bibliographic relationships and authority control, the aboutness of an information resource, issues related to tagging, the nature of categories and classification, and clustering." - Reference & Research Book News
"This work is highly recommended for anyone seeking to know more about the organization of information." - ARBA

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