The Organization of Information

Third Edition

by Arlene G. Taylor, Daniel N. Joudrey

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December 2008

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Pages 512
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Grade College
Topics Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Cataloging and Classification
  Librarianship: Philosophy, Values, and Issues/History of Books, Publishing, and Librarianship

This third edition of Taylor's modern classic continues to articulate the theory, principles, standards, and tools behind information organization.

As with previous editions, it begins with strong justification for the continued importance of organizing principles and practice. Following a broad overview of the concept and its role in human endeavors, Taylor and Joudrey provide a detailed and insightful discussion of such basic retrieval tools as inventories, bibliographies, catalogs, indexes, finding aids, registers, databases, major bibliographic utilities, and other organizing entities; and subsequently trace the development of the organization of recorded information in Western civilization from 2000 B.C.E. to the present. Standards of codification (MARC, SGML, and various DTDs), controlled vocabularies and ontologies, and Web 2.0 technologies are but a sample of its extensive topical coverage.

Still the title of choice for students and professionals eager to embrace the heritage, immediacy, and future of this fascinating field of study.


  • Restructured and expanded sections on metadata (description, access, and access control) and subject analysis and aboutness
  • Significant revisions to sections dealing with indexing and abstracting, systems and system design, and authority control (especially FRAR)
  • Expanded coverage of archives and archival finding aids, museums and galleries, and digital libraries
Table of Contents

List of Figures
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
Appendix A: An Approach to Subject Analysis
Appendix B: Arrangement of Physical Information Resources
Appendix C: Arrangement of Metadata Displays
Selected Bibliography

Series Description

Library and Information Science Text Series

Covering essential LIS skills and areas of study, Libraries Unlimited Library and Information Science Textbook Series brings you trusted, state-of-the-art resources from top faculty to help prepare and teach a wide variety of LIS courses. Specifically designed for full- and part-time faculty and students, these books are also solid professional resources for LIS practitioners.

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