The Organization of Information, 4th Edition

by Daniel N. Joudrey and Arlene G. Taylor, with the assistance of Katherine M. Wisser


From those who work in archives to cataloging, indexing to technical services, almost all library specialists need a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the functions of information organization.

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November 2017

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Pages 722
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Topics Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Organization of Information
  Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Cataloging and Classification
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This fourth edition provides an updated look at information organization, featuring coverage of the Semantic Web, linked data, and EAC-CPF; new metadata models such as IFLA-LRM and RiC; and new perspectives on RDA and its implementation.

This latest edition of The Organization of Information is a key resource for anyone in the beginning stages of their LIS career as well as longstanding professionals and paraprofessionals seeking accurate, clear, and up-to-date guidance on information organization activities across the discipline. The book begins with a historical look at information organization methods, covering libraries, archives, museums, and online settings. It then addresses the types of retrieval tools used throughout the discipline—catalogs, finding aids, indexes, bibliographies, and search engines—before describing the functionality of systems, explaining the basic principles of system design, and defining how they affect information organization. The principles and functionality of metadata is next, with coverage of the types, functions, tools, and models (particularly FRBR, IFLA-LRM, RDF) and how encoding works for use and sharing—for example, MARC, XML schemas, and linked data approaches.

The latter portion of the resource describes specific activities related to the creation metadata for resources. These chapters offer an overview of the major issues, challenges, and standards used in the information professions, addressing topics such as resource description (including standards found in RDA, DACS, and CCO), access points, authority control, subject analysis, controlled vocabularies—notably LCSH, MeSH, Sears, and AAT—and categorization systems such DDC and LCC.


  • Provides an essential overview of information organization—a central activity in library and information science—that describes approaches to organizing in libraries, archives, museums, online settings, indexing services, and other environments
  • Newly revised and updated to reflect changes in cataloging rules, address new standards, and introduce upcoming changes
  • Expands the scope of content relating to information organization in non-library settings
  • Features vocabulary and acronym lists at the end of each chapter to help readers stay abreast of new terminology
Author Info

Daniel N. Joudrey, MLIS, PhD, is professor in the School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, MA, where he teaches information organization, subject cataloging and classification, and descriptive cataloging. His published works include the Libraries Unlimited books Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, 11th Edition (with Arlene G. Taylor and David P. Miller); The Organization of Information, 3rd Edition (with Arlene G. Taylor); "Cataloging" in The Encyclopedia of Library and Information Science; and various articles, including some on cataloging education, published in Cataloging & Classification Quarterly. With Janis Young, he is co-instructor of the Library of Congress's LCSH Online Training videos. Joudrey's research interests include aboutness determination, subject access to information, and cataloging education. He holds an MLIS and a PhD from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh, where his studies, guided by Dr. Arlene Taylor, focused on subject cataloging, particularly that of determining aboutness.

Arlene G. Taylor, MSLS, PhD, is professor emerita, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh. Her experience as a library school educator covered more than 30 years, and she was active in the American Library Association for more than 30 years. She is author of numerous articles and books, including the Libraries Unlimited books Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, 11th Edition (with Daniel N. Joudrey and David P. Miller); The Organization of Information, 3rd Edition (with Daniel N. Joudrey); and Understanding FRBR: What It Is and How It Will Affect Our Retrieval Tools. Taylor received the 1996 Margaret Mann Citation from ALA/ALCTS, the 2000 ALA/Highsmith Library Literature Award, and the 2011 Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of the University of Illinois. She has given more than 90 guest presentations for international, national, state, and regional library groups.

Katherine M. Wisser, MA, MSLS, PhD, is associate professor at the School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, MA, where she teaches information organization, archival access and use, metadata, indexing and thesaurus construction, and the history of libraries. Her research interests include metadata, archival description, classification, and the history of libraries. Her publications include articles in American Archivist, Journal of Contemporary Archival Studies, Journal of Library Metadata, and Journal of Archival Organization. She served as chair of the working group that established EAC-CPF for the Society of American Archivists.

Table of Contents

CONTENTS Preface Acknowledgments Chapter 1: Organization of Recorded Information Chapter 2: Development of the Organization of Recorded Information in Western Civilization Chapter 3: Retrieval Tools Chapter 4: Systems and System Design Chapter 5: Introduction to Metadata Chapter 6: Encoding Standards Chapter 7: Resource Description Chapter 8: Access and Authority Control Chapter 9: Subject Analysis Chapter 10: Systems for Vocabulary Control Chapter 11: Systems for Categorization Conclusion Appendix A: An Approach to Subject Analysis Appendix B: Arrangement of Physical Information Resources in Libraries Appendix C: Arrangement of Metadata Displays Appendix D: EAD3 Encoded Finding Aid for Collection Described in Figure 3.10 Glossary Bibliography Index



"The fourth edition of The Organization of Information is an essential text that is worthy of its predecessors."ARBA

"The perfect resource. . . . The further I delved into its contents, the more impressed I was by the depth and comprehensiveness of its treatment of the world of information organization in all its aspects. . . . I would recommend this book not only to students of library and information science who are seeking to master cataloging and metadata, but also to library professionals at all stages of their careers who simply need a resource to which they can refer to help navigate a universe that is ever changing and expanding."Technicalities

"...a foundational work that will serve as an excellent information organization course text in programs of library and information science. It would also serve as a useful desk reference for a librarian or student of library science."Technical Services Quarterly

"Provides an essential overview of information organization?a central activity in library and information science?that describes approaches to organizing in libraries, archives, museums, online settings, indexing services, and other environments."Against the Grain

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