A complete discourse on "bound-with books" will help catalogers create records for these materials that are appropriate to their value and uniqueness.
Libraries, especially academic research libraries, hold "bound-with books" in far greater quantities than they know, often because such compilations sit on library shelves without having been given the adequate description and cataloging that will make them useful. That obscurity is about to end.
Written to provide catalogers an all-in-one resource for information about bound-with books and relevant cataloging practices, Collection-level Cataloging: Bound-with Books takes a fresh look at collection-level cataloging for these often overlooked materials.
The volume begins with an explanation of the phenomenon in which individuals assembled and bound together nonrelated printed material, documenting how this practice continued through the centuries as wider literacy and use of printed materials gained ground. The various methods used to describe bound-with books in catalogs over time are also discussed. Most critically for today's librarian's, the book describes the elements that can now be used in putting together a collection-level record for a bound compilation, offering rationale for catalogers who must choose between two very different cataloging approaches in making their records. Careful illustrations, photographs, and examples further clarify the process.
• 10 full-length sample records, plus examples of how individual fields may be entered
• A computer-based drawing depicting a bound-with book, along with a diagram of how features of each item in the book are "translated" into catalog records
• 12 representative photographs showing the various forms the volumes take and the various ways the internal items are bound
• Examples of less straightforward, bound-with situations, along with the decision-making considerations applicable to them
• Provides a historical overview of the phenomenon of bound-with books and their composition, from the mid-1400s to the point at which the practice began to wane significantly in the mid-20th century
• Helps catalogers recognize these volumes and choose the best descriptive treatments for them
• Surveys past and current guidance on bound-with books cataloging in rulebooks, such as ALA and LC Cataloging Rules, AACR2, DCRM(B) and IFLA, in order to identify best practices