Cataloging and Classification: An Introduction Third Edition Edition

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The third edition is a more sophisticated textbook that can be used for advanced as well as introductory study. It is an excellent publication. ... Cataloging and Classification is a worthy successor to Dr. Chan's previous publications. (Technicalities, January/February 2008)

More than any other textbook of its kind, Chan's volume also offers the best integration of MARC encoding into the presentation of each descriptive and subject cataloging element. ... Highly recommended for library schools and professional catalogers. (Library Journal, Starred Review, March 2008)

Chan continues her high standard of work as a standard text for teaching and understanding these complex aspects of library science. ... a welcomed addition to any cataloging department or school library. With in-depth coverage and examples to illustrate even the most complex topics, this book will assist any cataloger in their endeavors. (American Reference Books Annual, March 2008)

Definitions are simple and easy to understand. In this book, an attempt has been made to reflect current practice. It completely and comprehensively portrays the cutting edge scene in knowledge organization. The book maintains its supremacy in the field and is thus an essential reading for the students, teachers and practitioners in the arena of knowledge organization. (Library Herald, December 2007)

Presents a text for library science students and practitioners, which covers the analysis and representation of methods used in describing, organizing, and providing access to resources made available in or through libraries, including both materials owned by the library and external resources such as those in electronic form that are accessible through the library's portal. The text has been updated and revised throughout to reflect changes in the landscape, scope, and nature of bibliographic control in libraries since publication of the 1994 edition, and contains a new chapter on Dublin Core and a number of other widely used metadata schemas and a new chapter on the new subject access system called FAST (Faceted Application of Subject Terminology), a newly developed subject controlled vocabulary. (Reference and Research Book News, November 2007)

About the Author

Lois Mai Chan is Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Kentucky, Lexington. She is author of eight books and numerous articles and co-editor of two collections in the areas of knowledge organization and subject indexing. In 1989, Chan was awarded the Margaret Mann Citation for Outstanding Achievement in Cataloging and Classification given by the American Library Association, and in 1992, she received the Distinguished Service Award from the Chinese-American Librarians Association.
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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press; Third Edition edition (August 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810860007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810860001
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.5 x 9.1 inches
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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30 of 32 people found the following review helpful By "alivogel" on May 19, 2001
Format: Hardcover
If you find yourself needing to learn how to catalog, this is the book to teach you! Dr. Chan walks you step-by-step through the cataloging processes. This book explains the steps of AACR2R2, MARC, Dewey, and LC. Not everyone can take one of Dr. Chan's cataloging classes in person, this book is second only to that.
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40 of 45 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 11, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have been using this book for almost two semester because this is one of our primary reference in our cataloging subject. Our subject includes Descriptive Cataloging and Non-book materials cataloging.
Everytime we are asked to do some cataloging, I always prefer to have read first this book before doing some cataloging exercises because this gives me clear picture of what really am I going to do. The examples are there, and the corresponding catalog entry are there sited clearly.
I can't forget when we were given a problem to catalog the compact disc that we brought in our class, I don't know what to do with that CD, and then I went to our library that time, and borrowed this book, and there I found clear explanation of what was to be done first in cataloging that type of non-book material. When I've seen the example, I just compared it with our compact disc(music CD), and I gathered every little bit of information that are needed in my catalog entry. And at last, I've done my work.
The book gives layman explanation, you can't find here straight rules, there's an explanation for every technical terms that the author used. The book covers not oonly descriptive cataloging, but also, non-book materials cataloging. The book is very down to earth, you will find yourself just as reading simple mathematics. When I read the book everytime we have an exerice I just always find myself looking for the significant information in the chief sources of information and just plugged it in my catalog entry and I'm finished as easy as that.
This book in short doesn't just set the rules in cataloging, it gives understanding how every rules in cataloging are being used. Now I'm on my third year of my Library and Information Science degree, and still I'm using this book as my primary reference because this book really gives me picture of what I am doing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Babsie on May 6, 2009
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Although this is an introductory-level text, it seems to be aimed at people who already have a certain amount of knowledge and experience in cataloging and classification. I am fortunate that I had a little knowledge beforehand; otherwise I would have been a bit lost. The book is packed with useful information, and although it is not the most exciting reading in the world, it is good as textbooks go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Zoidberg on June 5, 2010
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If you need to learn about cataloging, this book will teach it to you. It is detailed and thorough and contains a bit of background on the subject. However, like the subject, I found the book a bit dry at times. It was as if i were reading an instruction manual that went on for hundreds and hundreds of pages. Because that's what it is.

Of course, I am not a fan of cataloging so it figures I would find the book boring too. Some in my class who are really into the subject tell me that they absolutely love this book. So if you are the kind of person who thinks that cataloging is fantabulous, you'll most likely find this book exciting and cool as well. Personally, and I know I'm not alone in this, I read it to cure my insomnia.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. L. Harding on October 2, 2010
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This was s required book for my Organization of Information (Cataloging) class in library school. The book is very thorough and offers examples. It also has a companion web site for review, quizzes and recommended reading. I found it on Amazon for $90, but my colleagues found it for less than $50 on Barnes and Noble. I usually purchase all of my textbooks from Amazon, but if it is cheaper elsewhere, I will purchase it elsewhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By number7graceSt. on February 9, 2013
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If you can rent this book, you should. Come March 2013 the standard will change and who knows what happens then. That time mark already happened, and I am still trying to!!!! to figure it out.
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So far, so good. I've only just begun reading "Cataloging and Classification" for my cataloging class at San Jose State, but it's very readable. Complex cataloging schemes are made understandable. I would recommend it for those interested in library cataloging, though I can't imagine reading it as a causal book.
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This I used in one of my college classes while working on my MLS. It gave me a greater understanding in cataloging and how to classify all books. I would definately recommend this if you are going into Cataloging books.
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