This essential reference teaches library staff how to handle the most common and confusing problems in serial cataloging by providing clear examples, practice exercises, and helpful advice based on experience.
Cataloging rules and standards frequently change, as do the resources being cataloged. Library professionals can benefit from guidance on how to successfully navigate confusing cataloging practices, especially when working with serials.This is the only book of its kind to focus on the complexities of the serials cataloging process.
Serials cataloging can be an overwhelming task that frustrates even the most seasoned professional. This book provides simple guidance and real-world examples to illustrate best practices in serials cataloging.
Demystifying Serials Cataloging: A Book of Examples is a reliable reference for learning how to catalog serials or improve cataloging skills. The book covers important elements of descriptive cataloging of serial publications such as explanations, sample records, applicable cataloging rules, and images of the serials. Examples demonstrate best practices and guidelines from the industry's leading cataloging standards including Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules: Second Revised Edition; CONSER Cataloging Manual; Library of Congress Rule Interpretation; and OCLC Bibliographic Formats and Standards. Each chapter contains helpful practice exercises to ensure understanding and reinforce learning.
Features • Sources include industry-leading cataloging journals • Important cataloging information accompanies each example, such as images of the journal's cover and title page, and machine-readable cataloging (MARC) record • Margins contain applicable cataloging rules for each example
Highlights • Provides helpful examples and practice exercises • Offers best practices in the complex world of serials cataloging • Gives practical guidance based on experience • Shows the relationship of the examples to the catalog records and rules that guided their creation
Fang Huang Gao is supervisory librarian at the United States Government Printing Office and is a trainer for several professional development workshops, including National Serials Cooperative Cataloging Training Program; Fundamentals of Series Authorities; and Cataloging for the 21st Century Program: Rules and Tools for Cataloging Internet Resources. Gao was adjunct faculty at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, University of Illinois, 2005-2010.
Heather Tennison, MLS, holds a certificate in special collections librarianship from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Janet A. Weber is manager of cataloging services at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.
Reviews "This work is a tool designed for those who are new to cataloging serials or need the latest information about revisions and developments in the field. It can also serve as a reference tool in understanding basic concepts as an aid to accessing serials and their records. This would also be an invaluable tool in a graduate teaching environment."—VOYA