Standard Cataloging for School and Public Libraries
5th Edition
by Sheila S. Intner and Jean Weihs
December 2014, 241pp, 7x10
1 volume, Libraries Unlimited

Paperback: 978-1-61069-114-7
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As cataloging changes, this gold-standard guide has changed too, with must-have updates to keep you ahead of the curve.

A proven resource for librarians and students, this updated classic opens the door to understanding current library cataloging processes, shows you how to use them to create standard catalog records, and provides guidance in managing the cataloging workflow.

Library cataloging and classification tools are constantly improving, making this concise guide a necessity for any librarian or library student seeking improved understanding of the practical process of cataloging today. With the release of RDA, a new code for description, and a new edition of Dewey Classification, it’s time for every library to add this fifth edition of a classic reference to your resources. Two Margaret Mann Citation winners update you on the five basic steps in standardized library cataloging: describing and adding access points for resources; assigning subject headings using Sears List or Library of Congress subject headings; classifying them using the Dewey Decimal or Library of Congress classification systems; and digitizing the resulting records.

The book opens with a brief look at the environment in which cataloging now functions, especially in response to advances in digital access. It clarifies terminology, explores new and changed applications, and enhances understanding of basic principles for those responsible for creating cataloging data. To get you ready for tomorrow, the edition closes with a brief look at trends likely to affect cataloging in the foreseeable future.


  • Describes today's new cataloging tools and shows how they are applied to real resources in various media, sharing numerous examples that illustrate the points raised
  • Explains the way library catalog records are produced for online catalogs
  • Describes MARC formats and explains how they relate to new metadata schemas such as MARC XML, the Dublin Core, and BIBFRAME
  • Discusses how to set goals and objectives, supervise others, evaluate outputs, and report to and interact with internal and external players in the world of libraries
  • Includes examples and illustrations of all tools and offers practice exercises to reinforce understanding
Sheila S. Intner is professor emeritus of library and information science at Simmons College, Boston, MA, and was the founding director of its MLIS program at Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, MA. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's Introduction to Technical Services, 7th and 8th editions, and Beginning Cataloging; as well as ALA Editions' Fundamentals of Technical Services Management and Cataloging Correctly for Kids, 4th and 5th editions. She is a recipient of numerous awards, including the Margaret Mann Citation. Intner holds a doctorate in library service from Columbia University.

Jean Weihs was director of the library techniques program at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Toronto, Canada, until her retirement. She taught as a visiting professor at the University of California, Los Angeles and Simmons College, and she represented the Canadian Committee on Cataloguing for nine years on the international Joint Steering Committee for Revision of AACR, five of them as chair. Her published works include Libraries Unlimited's Introduction to Technical Services, 7th and 8th editions, and Beginning Cataloging; as well as The Integrated Library and ALA Editions' Cataloging Correctly for Kids, 4th and 5th editions. Weihs is the recipient of 14 national and international awards such as the Margaret Mann Citation.


"This handy book is indispensable for anyone new to the field for learning classification and cataloging practice in the dynamically-changing library and information environment. And no doubt it is equally useful for veteran cataloguers and teachers of the subject."—Knowledge Organization, August 3, 2015

"I'm very pleased with the approach of the authors, since school libraries will encounter AACR2 along with RDA in their upcoming cataloging experiences. The examples are excellent!"—Barbara Schultz-Jones, Associate Professor of Library and Information Sciences, University of North Texas
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