Magazine article American Libraries

Librarian's Library: Organizing Content

Magazine article American Libraries

Librarian's Library: Organizing Content

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Five years ago, ALA's Presidential Task Force on Library Education specified eight areas of core knowledge for librarians. The third area, titled "Organization of Recorded Knowledge and Information," details how librarians provide library users access to materials. It defined three specific competences related to recorded knowledge and info:

* Organization and representation;

* Developmental, descriptive, and evaluative skills;

* The systems of cataloging, and metadata, indexing, and classification standards and methods.

The following books elaborate on this continuum, from providing detailed information on indexing a single item to structuring access to a collection of documents, whether on paper or in other forms.

Indexes provide access to the content of a single document. Two updated editions of introductory indexing guides present an overview of training sources and the fundamentals of creating a tool to get at the riches of a text. Handbook of Indexing Techniques: A Guide for Beginning Indexers, 5th edition, by Linda K. Fetters, offers lips on selecting indexing terms, ideluding references, and organizing the index itself. She addresses the indexing of books, periodicals, and electronic documents. The bibliography is presented in both classified and alphabetical arrangements. Introduction to Indexing and Abstracting, 4th edition, by Donald Cleveland and Ana Cleveland, takes a textbook approach, starting with chapters on the nature of information and its communication and organization. The authors cover not only print indexing but also image indexing. With the inclusion of abstracting, this book also provides a means to understand the construction of periodical literature databases.

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INDEXED. INFORMATION TODAY, 2013. 176 P. S28. PBK. 978-1-57387-461-8

INDEXED. LIBRARIES UNLIMITED, 2013. 384 P. S55. PBK. 978-1-59884-976-9

Magda El-Sherbini's RDA: Strategies for Implementation is an introduction to the Resource Description and Access (RDA) cataloging code. After recounting the history of rules development and RDA principles, the author provides a tabular comparison of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR) and RDA, as well as an explanation of the Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR) model and how it affects the cataloging process and results. The chapter on implementation strategies covers topics such as training, change management, decision points, and impact on OPAC displays. …

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