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

Physical Description:
xxvii, 417 pages : illustrations ; 27 cm.

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Z666.5 .T39 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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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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Booklist Review

Like its previous edition, this second edition examines many of the tools, standards, theories, and principles underlying the organization of information in different types of environments. Chapters are devoted to the organization and development of recorded information, retrieval tools, encoding standards, subject analysis, systems for vocabulary control and categorization, and arrangement and display. This edition offers readers a new chapter on metadata and new sections treating digital libraries, information architecture, knowledge management, pathfinders, search engines, and bibliographic classifications and taxonomies, among other topics. Chapters have been updated, and many have been revised and expanded. The chapter about systems and system designs is a prime example, having been rewritten to reflect changes within the field and now featured more prominently in the book. These changes yield an extremely well-designed, structured, and articulated work, noteworthy for its clarity and usability. A fine contribution to the field of library and information science. -- RBB Copyright 2004 Booklist

Table of Contents

List of Figures
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
Appendix: Subject Analysis Application
Selected Bibliography