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Title:
The organization of information
Author:
Taylor, Arlene G., 1941-
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Publication Information:
Englewood, Colo. : Libraries Unlimited, 1999.
Physical Description:
xx, 280 pages ; 26 cm.
Language:
English
Contents:
Organization in human endeavors -- Retrieval tools -- Development of the organization of recorded information in Western civilization -- Encoding standards -- Metadata: description -- Metadata: Access and access control -- Verbal subject analysis -- Classification -- Arrangement and display -- System design.
ISBN:
9781563084935

9781563084980
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Book

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Introducing readers to the principles and processes of the organization of information, this text provides practitioners and students of library and information science with a guide to the organization of information in libraries. Arlene Taylor begins with a broad overview of the concept and its role in human endeavours, then proceeds to a detailed discussion of such basic retrieval tools as bibliographies, catalogues, indexes, finding aids, registers, databases, major bibliographic utilities and other organizing entities. After tracing the development of the organization of recorded information in Western civilization from 2000 BCE to the present, she addresses topics that include encoding standards (MARC, SGML and various DTDs), metadata (description, access and access control), verbal subject analysis including controlled vocabularies and ontologies, classification theory and methodology, arrangement and display, system design, and a discussion of the future of the field.


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Taylor intends this book to be preparatory to traditional texts on cataloging and classification. She reviews why and how recorded information is organized in libraries, archives, museums, and art galleries. She then turns to the methods of retrieving information, such as through bibliographies and catalogs, and methods of encoding information (e.g., MARC and SGML), the metadata related to description and access, subject analysis by means of words, and classification as a further means of subject access. A chapter on systems for information storage and retrieval concludes a book that well fills the need for a single-volume introduction on its subject.


Table of Contents

List of Figures
Preface
Acknowledgments
Organization of Recorded Information
Retrieval Tools Development of the Organization of Recorded
Information in Western Civilization
Encoding Standards Systems and System Design Metadata Metadata: Description
Metadata: Access and Authority Control
Subject Analysis Systems for Vocabulary
Control Systems for Categorization Arrangement and Display
Conclusion
Appendix: Subject Analysis Application
Glossary
Selected Bibliography
Index

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