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Practical Cataloguing


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Table of Contents

1. Catalogues and cataloguing standards

  • Ranganathan
  • Cutter
  • Lubetzky
  • The Paris Principles, ISBD, AACR, RDA
2. The FRBRization of the catalogue
  • Relationships at the heart of the catalogue
  • Works, expressions, manifestations and items
  • Relationships to people
3. Bibliographic elements
  • Format first
  • Identifying the bibliographic elements
  • Title and statement of responsibility
  • Edition area
  • Publication area
  • Date of publication
  • Punctuating the publication, distribution, etc area
  • Physical description area
  • Series area
  • Note area
  • Standard number and terms of availability
  • Conclusion
4. Access points and headings
  • What are access points and why do we need them?
  • 'Every reader his book'
  • Defining the author
  • Defining the title
  • Access points in the modern catalogue
  • Name authority control
  • Headings for corporate bodies
  • Titles
  • Multipart works and series
5. RDA: resource description and access
  • Timeline to change
  • Changes
  • The development of RDA and its principles
  • FRBR as the foundation of RDA
  • Relationships between entity groups
  • FRBRizing the catalogue
  • Practical cataloguing today
6. AACR and RDA
  • Introduction
  • Title proper
  • Statement of responsibility relating to title
  • Media type
  • Illustrative content
  • Creator
  • Related work
  • Conclusion
7. MARC 21
  • What is MARC 21?
  • Catalogue format, not cataloguing code
  • The structure of a MARC record
  • Main entries and added entries revisited
  • Punctuation
  • Common MARC 21 fields
  • The impact of RDA
8. Practical cataloguing: bringing it all together
  • Key activities for cataloguing managers
  • Key activities for cataloguers
  • Key activities for the beginning cataloguer
9. The birth of RDA and the death of MARC?
  • Testing resource description and access: final recommendations
  • 'MARC must die'
10. Examples
  • Sample records for JH Bowman Essential cataloguing. London: Facet Publishing, 2007
  • Sample records for Derek Adams Unconcerned but not indifferent. Colchester: Ninth Arrondissement, 2006
  • Sample records for Pascale Petit The wounded deer. Huddersfield: Smith Doorstop, 2005
  • Sample records for Jasmine Ann Cooray Everything we don't say. London: Tall Lighthouse, 2009
  • Sample records for Joanna Ezekiel Centuries of skin. Snitterfield: Ragged Raven, 2010
  • Sample records for Henry Charles Moore Noble deeds of the world's heroines. London: Religious Tract Society, 1903
  • Sample records for W Carew Hazlitt (ed) The essays of Michel de Montaigne. London: George Bell & Sons, 1892
  • Sample records for David Pearson Provenance research in book history: a handbook. London: British Library, 1998
  • Sample records for John H Ingram The poetical works of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, from 1862 to 1844.London: Griffith, Farran, Okeden & Welsh, [18--]
  • Sample records for The Library of Babel, in and out of place, 25 February - 13 June 2010. London: Zabludowicz, 2010

About the Author

Anne Welsh is Lecturer in Library and Information Studies, School of Library, Archive and Information Studies, University College London. Sue Batley is Course Director for the MA in Information Management, London Metropolitan University.


"Comprehensive, practical, clear, and written with a dash of humour - this is the textbook about AACR2 and RDA for which cataloguers have been waiting." -- Karen Attar
"A worthy successor to Bowman's Essential Cataloguing. Practical Cataloguing does exactly what it says on the tin: offers a practical, pragmatic approach to the basics of cataloguing in AACR2, RDA and MARC21 with useful sample records for reference." -- Celine Carty
"...a fine example of the kind of transitional work needed as we move forward with implementation and practical application of RDA." -- Shawne D. Miksa

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