Chapter 3 – Cataloguing

This is arguably one of the most important chapters in our text.  In addition to explaining what a catalogue is (a detailed record of an item in a collection), the main objectives of a catalogue (let users know what is in a collection) and the key elements that must be included in a record as defined by the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (AACR2).   An observation from our last group discussion revealed that without cataloging, the library system might look like this:

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This chapter also touches on a critical topic for many of us:  Cataloging of Internet Resources explaining why AACR2 and MARC 21 are not fully adequate for cataloging Internet resources.  This in turn leads us to Chapter 8 (Metadata) and Chapter 9 (Markup Languages).

Michele

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