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Small library cataloging
Hoffman, Herbert H.
Personal Author:
Third edition.
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2002.
Physical Description:
x, 224 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
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Z693 .H64 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Z693 .H64 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Completely updated, with a new section on using the computer in the cataloging function, this new edition of a classic will be a welcome tool for the volunteer or paraprofessional in a small library. Covering the essentials in clear nontechnical language, Hoffman explains the how and why of arranging publications, the principles of cataloging (including description, main and added entries, analytics, the shelf list, cross references, and filing), and online records. Nearly 100 examples illustrate the cataloging practice. Why do you need a shelf list? What is an authority file? Easy to understand and practical, this gem illuminates the world of monographs, series, irregular serials, uniform titles, simple and complex subject headings, tracings, and location codes. Even the world of the small library is startlingly complex--Hoffman's guide will simplify it. Reviews of previous editions: "Hoffman's guide to simplified cataloging practice will be a great help...this handbook lays out the options of collection organization clearly and in everyday language." -Booklist "Because of its emphasis on fundamentals, rigorous reasoning, and its readable style, the book is also helpful for library school students as well as for practicing librarians." -Reference & Research Book News ..".will provide its intended reader, the nonprofessional or volunteer in charge of a small library, with solid, well-organized information necessary to catalog a collection systematically." LRTS

Author Notes

Herbert H. Hoffman is librarian at Rancho Santiago Community College, Santa Ana, California, where he divides his time among technical services, reference work, and teaching. He has contributed to a number of professional journals, and is the author of several books in the library field.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Using nearly 100 examples, Hoffman explains the basic principles of shelf arrangement and cataloging. This new edition is disappointing. In 2002, it's past time, even for the smallest libraries (perhaps especially for them), for discussion of nineteenth-century card-based catalogs to move to an appendix and current well-established technologies to move to the fore. Hoffman devotes most of his text to the creation of catalog cards, and he still treats OPACs as an afterthought in a brief section at the end of the volume. To simplify cataloging operations, Hoffman recommends that "all main entries be constructed as title main entries." But small libraries often become bigger, and often they will want to take advantage of the well-established cataloging infrastructure, so it's a mistake to suggest that they not follow international standards, such as main entry headings under authors. The lack of an index detracts further from the utility of this guide. --James Anderson

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Introductionp. vii
Part I Arrangement of Publications on the Shelf
1 Structure of Publicationsp. 3
2 Files, Shelf Arrangement, and Classificationp. 11
3 Location Codes or "Call Numbers"p. 25
Part II Cataloging
4 Description Principlep. 37
5 Preparing Catalog Cards: The Main Entryp. 41
6 What Goes on the Title Main Entryp. 51
7 Preparing Catalog Cards: Added Entriesp. 67
8 Author and Title Added Entriesp. 71
9 Categorical Added Entries: Subject and Form Headingsp. 89
10 Linked Entries or Analyticsp. 105
11 Shelf Listp. 115
12 Cross-Referencesp. 123
13 Filingp. 139
Part III Using the Computer
14 Doing Catalog Cards with the Help of a Computerp. 163
15 Doing Away with Cards: The On-line Catalogp. 171
16 Downloading MARC Records from a Bibliographic Utilityp. 179
Appendix A Examples of Catalog Cardsp. 187
Appendix B Library Supplies and Equipmentp. 223