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Title:
Organization of information
Author:
Taylor, Arlene G., 1941-
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Edition:
Second edition.
Publication Information:
Westport, Conn. : Libraries Unlimited, [2004]

©2004
Physical Description:
xxvii, 417 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781563089763

9781563089695
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Book

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The extensively revised and completely updated second edition of this popular textbook provides LIS practitioners and students with a vital guide to the organization of information. After a broad overview of the concept and its role in human endeavors, Taylor proceeds to a detailed and insightful discussion of such basic retrieval tools as bibliographies, catalogs, 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 B.C.E. to the present, the author 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, and system design.


Author Notes

ARLENE G. TAYLOR is professor emerita, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and author of several works on cataloging and classification and authority control. She has received ALA's Margaret Mann Citation in Cataloging and Classification and the ALA Highsmith Library Literature Award.


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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