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Introduction to Cataloging and Classification, 11th Edition

by Daniel N. Joudrey, Arlene G. Taylor, and David P. Miller


Forget the old notion of inventory control and learn to appreciate cataloging as a landscape of information discovery.

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September 2015

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 1048
Volumes 1
Size 7x10
Topics Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Cataloging and Classification
  Organization of Information and Knowledge Management/Descriptive Cataloging
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A new edition of this best-selling textbook reintroduces the topic of library cataloging from a fresh, modern perspective.

Not many books merit an eleventh edition, but this popular text does. Newly updated, Introduction to Cataloging and Classification provides an introduction to descriptive cataloging based on contemporary standards, explaining the basic tenets to readers without previous experience, as well as to those who merely want a better understanding of the process as it exists today. The text opens with the foundations of cataloging, then moves to specific details and subject matter such as Functional Requirements for Bibliographic Records (FRBR), Functional Requirements for Authority Data (FRAD), the International Cataloging Principles (ICP), and RDA.

Unlike other texts, the book doesn't presume a close familiarity with the MARC bibliographic or authorities formats; ALA's Anglo-American Cataloging Rules, 2nd Edition, revised (AACR2R); or the International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD). Subject access to library materials is covered in sufficient depth to make the reader comfortable with the principles and practices of subject cataloging and classification. In addition, the book introduces MARC, BIBFRAME, and other approaches used to communicate and display bibliographic data. Discussions of formatting, presentation, and administrative issues complete the book; questions useful for review and study appear at the end of each chapter.


  • Delineates the new cataloging landscape
  • Shares a principles-based perspective
  • Provides introductory text for beginners and intermediate students
  • Emphasizes descriptive and subject cataloging, as well as format-neutral cataloging
  • Covers new cataloging rules and RDA
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. Joudrey's published works include Libraries Unlimited's The Organization of Information, Third Edition, with Arlene G. Taylor, and several articles, primarily on cataloging education and subject analysis. His research interests include aboutness determination, subject access to information, and cataloging education. Joudrey holds a master's of library science degree and a doctorate from the School of Information Sciences at the University of Pittsburgh where his studies, guided by Dr. Taylor, focused on subject cataloging, particularly the concept of determining aboutness.

Arlene G. Taylor, MSLS, PhD, is professor emerita, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and distinguished adjunct professor, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of numerous articles and books, including Libraries Unlimited's The Organization of Information, Third 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 and the 2000 ALA/Highsmith Library Literature Award and was the 2011 recipient of the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science of the University of Illinois.

David P. Miller, MA, MSLIS, is professor and head of technical services at the Levin Library, Curry College, Milton, MA. His published works include anthology contributions and journal articles for Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, Library Resources and Technical Services, and other publications. He coedited Salsa de tópicos/Subjects in Salsa: Spanish and Latin American Subject Access.

Table of Contents


  • PART I: INTRODUCTION Chapter 1: Cataloging in Context Chapter 2: Development of Catalogs and Cataloging Codes
  • PART II: DESCRIPTION AND ACCESS Chapter 3: Underlying Principles and Conceptual Models Chapter 4: RDA Basics Chapter 5: Manifestations and Items Chapter 6: Works and Expressions Chapter 7: Persons, Families, Places, and Corporate Bodies Chapter 8: Relationships and the Use of Access Points Chapter 9: RDA Metadata in the MARC Format
  • PART III: AUTHORITY CONTROL Chapter 10: Authority Control
  • PART IV: SUBJECT ACCESS Chapter 11: Subject Access Chapter 12: Verbal Subject Access Chapter 13: Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) Chapter 14: Sears List of Subject Headings (SEARS) Chapter 15: Other Verbal Access Systems Chapter 16: Classification Chapter 17: Decimal Classification Chapter 18: Library of Congress Classification (LCC) Chapter 19: Creation of Complete Call Numbers Chapter 20: Other Classification Systems
  • PART V: FORMATTING AND PRESENTATION Chapter 21: MARC Encoding Chapter 22: Alternative Containers for Metadata Chapter 23: International Standard Bibliographic Description (ISBD)
  • PART VI: ADMINISTRATIVE ISSUES Chapter 24: Cataloging Management and Support
  • Appendix A: RDA Outline Appendix B: ICC11 RDA Book Template Glossary of Selected Terms and Abbreviations Selected Bibliography Index



    "I recommend this book to instructors and students, to practicing professionals and paraprofessionals, and to selectors for libraries that support library science curricula. Ideally, this text would be used in conjunction with a wide variety of practical exercises in original cataloging and the creation of authority records."Technical Services Quarterly

    "I recommend this book to anyone interested in gaining a strong foundation in classification, but most particularly to those new to the topic. It also would be useful to more seasoned catalogers who simply want to see the whole picture of what classification is and does."Technicalities

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