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Cataloging sheet maps : the basics
Andrew, Paige G.
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New York : Haworth Information Press, [2003]

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xv, 240 pages : illustrations, maps ; 23 cm.

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Z695.6 .A55 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Z695.6 .A55 2003 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Gain the skills necessary to catalog monographic sheet maps and map sets!

With an easily understood how-to format, this ready reference manual will introduce you to the basics of cataloging sheet maps on OCLC, using MARC 21 and ISBD standards and AACR2R. It will guide you through each area of the bibliographic record, focusing most specifically on the title and statement of responsibility, mathematical data, physical description, main entry, and notes areas.

Approaching the subject from the perspective that maps are not that much more difficult to catalog than monographs, this book will familiarize you with the few fields unique to map cataloging as well as the fields that are common to monographs but simply used in a different way.

This essential volume: describes the cataloging process as it relates to all parts of the record, including subject analysis, coding of fixed fields and OXX fields, and creating G-class call numbers provides an up-to-date list of map cataloging tools presents special chapters on cataloging historical sheet maps and special formats such as wall maps, map series or sets, and reproductions includes illustrations of bibliographic records, field-level examples, tables of information, and diagrams of maps to be used to highlight key concepts Ideal for the new or inexperienced maps cataloger, this volume will help you become comfortable and confident while working with sheet maps. It also puts you in touch with current reference sources and tools, both online and off.

Author Notes

Paige G. Andrew, BA, MLS, is faculty Maps Cataloger at the Pennsylvania State University Libraries at University Park

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Booklist Review

Penn State map cataloger Andrew presents the basics of map cataloging using AACR2, the MARC record, LCSH, and the LC Classification G class (unfortunately, most public libraries and the many academic libraries that use the Dewey decimal classification are left out in the cold). The heart of the book deals with the description of maps, with attention to the special cartographic fixed fields in the MARC record, determining a main-entry heading and title when they are not always obvious, the special mathematical data area for scale and projection, the physical description, and the notes regarding map features. Peripheral chapters list tools of the trade, illustrate the use of subject headings and classification notation, and discuss historical maps and special formats. The volume concludes with MARC tagging exercises, a bibliography, and a subject index. Students interested in map cataloging and catalogers who catalog maps only occasionally will find this a most helpful guide. -- RBB Copyright 2003 Booklist

Library Journal Review

What is a map? Why should we bother to catalog them? In answering these questions, Andrew, the faculty maps cataloger at Pennsylvania State University Libraries at University Park and editor of Journal of Map & Geography Libraries, states we must learn some of the technical aspects of a map before we can accurately describe one. The understanding of such things as scale and coordinates has a direct bearing on why they must be included in a bibliographic description and how this type of information is correctly formatted and coded in both the variable and fixed fields. The primary goal of Andrew's book is to provide step-by-step guidance in creating descriptive bibliographic records for map sheets. However, prior cataloging experience and knowledge of and experience with MARC 21 and OCLC would be advantageous. Chapters are clearly and concisely written, and the illustrations and examples supportive. Andrew even takes the mystery out of scales, projection, and coordinates. Two additional bonuses include "Necessary tools of the trade" (lists of needed cataloging tools, cartographic-specific essential tools, and other helpful tools) and tagging exercises. This volume is highly recommended as an excellent primer for map catalogers, as well as catalogers with little or no experience with maps.-Susan E. Ketcham, Long Island Univ.-Southampton Coll. Lib., NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Alice C. Hudson
Forewordp. xi
Prefacep. xiii
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Section I In the Beginning
Chapter 1. Backgroundp. 3
What Is a Map?p. 4
Why Bother to Catalog Sheet Maps?p. 6
Chapter 2. Introduction to Map Catalogingp. 9
A Good Way to Beginp. 9
The Concept of "Main Map"p. 11
Chapter 3. Necessary Tools of the Tradep. 19
Basic Cataloging Toolsp. 19
Essential Toolsp. 20
Helpful Toolsp. 22
Chapter 4. Sources of Informationp. 27
Chief Source of Informationp. 27
Prescribed Sources of Informationp. 28
Section II Coded Fields
Chapter 5. Cartographic-Specific Fixed Fieldsp. 33
Chapter 6. General Fixed Fieldsp. 35
Chapter 7. Coded Variable Fieldsp. 39
Mandatory Coded Fields for Cartographic Materialsp. 39
Coded Variable Fields That Are Required When Applicablep. 44
Optional Coded Fields for Cartographic Materialsp. 45
Section III Description of the Map
Chapter 8. Main Entry and Statement of Responsibilityp. 51
Main Entry Under Personal Authorp. 51
Main Entry Under Corporate Bodyp. 52
Main Entry Under Titlep. 53
"Emanating from" and Its Relationship to the Statement of Responsibilityp. 54
Copyright Holders As Responsible Partiesp. 57
Terms That Indicate Responsibility for a Mapp. 59
"Prominence" and Its Relation to Statement of Responsibilityp. 61
Summaryp. 63
Chapter 9. Providing a Title for the Recordp. 65
When Only One Title Existsp. 65
Choosing a Title When There Is More Than Onep. 65
Providing for Additional Titles and/or Different Ways to Read the Chosen Titlep. 66
The "Scattered Title" Phenomenon and How to Handle Itp. 68
When to Use a Collective Title As Primary Titlep. 71
What to Do with an Untitled Mapp. 72
Other Title Circumstancesp. 72
Providing a "Source of Title" Notep. 72
Chapter 10. Editionp. 75
Editions to Individual Sheets in a Map Seriesp. 76
Uncertainty Regarding an Edition Statementp. 76
Chapter 11. Mathematical Data Areap. 79
Scale Informationp. 80
Projection Informationp. 94
Statement of Coordinatesp. 94
Chapter 12. Publication Informationp. 109
Place of Publicationp. 109
Name of Publisher, Distributor, etc.p. 111
Publication Datep. 112
Tracing for Cartographic Publisherp. 116
Chapter 13. Physical Description Areap. 117
Terminologyp. 117
Cartographic Specific Material Designations (SMDs)p. 121
How Many Maps Are There? (Field 300, Subfield "a")p. 122
Other Physical Details (Field 300, Subfield "b")p. 132
Dimensions (Field 300, Subfield "c")p. 135
Chapter 14. Notes in the Recordp. 147
Who Benefits from Including Notes in the Record?p. 147
Order and "Categories" of Notesp. 148
Notes to Justify Providing Added Entriesp. 150
Examples of Notesp. 151
Section IV Other Access Points
Chapter 15. Classification Using the LC G-Schedulep. 157
Components of the Library of Congress Call Numberp. 157
Creating a Library of Congress Call Numberp. 167
Conclusionp. 168
Chapter 16. A Quick Look at Subject Analysis for Mapsp. 171
Subject Analysis for Sheet Mapsp. 173
Geographic Subject Headingsp. 176
Geographic Subdivisions for Topical Subject Headingsp. 179
Conclusionp. 183
Chapter 17. Added Entries in the Recordp. 185
Other Personal Namesp. 186
Other Corporate Bodiesp. 186
Other Titlesp. 187
Tracing for Cartographic Publishersp. 187
Other Potential Added Entriesp. 188
Justification for an Added Entryp. 188
Section V Historical Sheet Maps and Special Casesp. 191
Chapter 18. Historical Maps--Specific Points to Considerp. 193
Main Entryp. 194
Determining the Title Properp. 194
Statement(s) of Responsibilityp. 195
Mathematical Datap. 196
Publication or Production Informationp. 199
Physical Description Changesp. 203
Notes Unique to and Needed for Historical Mapsp. 204
Subject Subdivision Practice to Emphasize the Historical Aspectp. 206
Other Subject Practices of Notep. 207
Conclusionp. 209
Chapter 19. Special Formats and Situationsp. 211
Wall Maps, Including Those Mounted on Rollersp. 211
Map Series and Collections--Some Further Comments and Suggestionsp. 212
Texts, Indexes, and Other Supplementary Itemsp. 219
Facsimiles, Photocopies, and Assorted Reproductionsp. 220
Appendix Basic Maps Tagging Exercisesp. 223
"Proj:" Fixed Field and 034 Mathematical Data Codesp. 223
052 Field (Geographic Area Code)p. 224
300 Field (Physical Description)p. 225
Answer Sheetp. 227
Bibliographyp. 229
Indexp. 233