Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools

Cataloging Correctly for Kids: An Introduction to the Tools

Sheila I. Intner

Language: English

Pages: 240

ISBN: 0838935893

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

It is a time of productive and exciting changes in the cataloging world, and cataloging for children is placed squarely in the middle of this upheaval, offering librarians working with kids a particular opportunity. This new fifth edition of the classic Cataloging Correctly for Kids points the way towards providing effective cataloging for materials intended for children and young adults. Based on guidelines issued by the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), this handbook is a one-stop resource for librarians who organize information for children. Revisions include comprehensive updates on bibliographic description and subject access, A new chapter exploring cataloging for non-English-speaking and preliterate children, Guidance on when and how to move to RDA, the next generation of cataloging guidelines, With advice contributed by experienced, practicing librarians, the fifth edition of Cataloging Correctly for Kids offers a complete overview of the best methods for enabling children to find the information they want and need.













which, like chapter 3, is filled with helpful illustrations. In the next chapter, Kay E. Lowell covers authority control, the process whereby access points used in catalogs (that is, searchable headings) are established in proper form. Chapter 6 forms a bridge between bibliographic description—the focus of chapters 3, 4, and 5—and subject access—the focus of chapters 7, 8, and 9—because authorities include both descriptive and subject-oriented access points. Chapter 7, by Joanna Fountain, and

Library of Congress. 5. FRBR, 17. 6. “Relationships serve as the vehicle for depicting the link between one entity and another, and thus as the means of assisting the user to ‘navigate’ the universe that is represented in a bibliography, catalogue, or bibliographic database.” FRBR, 55. 103 Chapter 6 Authority Control and Kids’ Cataloging Kay E. Lowell WHAT IS AUTHORITY CONTROL? Authority control often is a difficult term for people to grasp. In

supply their own subjects. Furthermore, “few databases exist that allow the use of both hierarchical subject headings, such as LCSH, as well as patron-applied folksonomy tags,”16 a situation that also exists for a catalog that uses multiple controlled-vocabulary thesauri. It seems that, although technological developments are moving us ever closer to an ideal resource discovery tool, we have not yet reached that goal. For the library without access to the latest technology, add-on programs, or

replaced with more popular terms, even though children and youth are not likely to use the popular term to a great extent either; for example, Livebearers (Fish) replaces Poeciliidae, and Isopods replaces Isopoda. Some terms, however, truly are more common, such as Snakes, used for Serpents, and Test tube babies, used for Fertilization in vitro, Human. For older children and youth who are more familiar with the natural world and who may be studying scientific topics, it is recommended that both

1999). 7. This tool, which, until 2009, was titled Subject Cataloging Manual: Subject Headings, is available as a file in Cataloger’s Desktop and Classification Web subscription publications available from the Cataloging Distribution Service (CDS) of the Library of Congress. 8. ANSCR: Alpha-Numeric System for Classification of Recordings. Available from Brodart, Inc., 500 Arch Street Williamsport, PA 17701. 9. MARC 21 is available at

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