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:
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).