Introduction to Cataloguing Theory describes the qualities of an ideal catalog, and examines how effective a library catalogue can be as a tool for search. This title covers the evolution of catalog codes and the structure of library catalogs, also exploring the characteristics and search behavior of users. An important resource for professional librarians interested in building co-operative networks, the book consists of four sections, which cover the history, purpose, and types of library catalogs; the format of catalog entries; the choice and rendering of headings and cataloging of non-print media; and subject indexing.

Key Features

  • Focuses on catalog theory
  • Describes the full range of cataloging theories
  • Draws on a large body of literature

Table of Contents

Part 1 History, purpose and types of library catalogues: Library catalogue: Objectives, purposes and functions; History and development of library catalogue code; Physical form of catalogues; Types of catalogues. Part 2 Format of catalogue entries: Kinds of entries; Data elements in different types of entries; Data elements in different types of entries; Filing of entries, classified and alphabetical; Centralizing cataloguing, cataloguing in publication and pre-natal cataloguing; Machine formats: MARC and CCF. Part 3 Choice and rendering of headings and cataloguing of non-print media: Personal authors (Western and Indian names); Corporate authors; Pseudonyms, anonymous works, and uniform titles; Cataloguing of non-print media. Part 4 Subject indexing, vocabulary control and recent developments in cataloguing: Subject cataloguing problems; Vocabulary control: Subject heading lists and thesauri; Subject indexing models; Techniques for subjects indexing; Recent trends in library cataloguing.


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About the author

Nirmal Kumar Swain

Nirmal Kumar Swain is Assistant Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science at Banasthali University in Rajasthan, India. Nirmal holds a PhD in Library and Information Science, and brings a decade of experience in teaching to the book.