Project Proposal: Kyle Olmon

Name: Kyle Olmon

Topic: Non-western cataloging or classification systems


As we become more of a global society it is imperative to find equal channels of communication among the diverse communities in order to share knowledge and resources. At the same time, it is important for various populations to retain and record their heritage and language which informs their identity. I am interested in learning how various western and non-western cataloging systems can interact effectively while still maintaining a degree of individual integrity. I have chosen to focus on a comparative analysis of cataloging methods used for Hebrew material by both American and Israeli institutions in an effort to see if current trends indicate that Hebraic records are being ignored by Western classification systems, embraced by efforts to accommodate for non-Romanized script in U.S cataloging schema, or co-opted by Western cataloging enterprises in order that they can be searched and accessed by an audience greater than the intended native speakers.


Aman, M. M. (1980). Cataloging and classification of non-Western material: Concerns, issues, and practices. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.

Biella, J. C., & Lerner, H. G. (2011). The RDA Test and Hebraica Cataloging: Applying RDA in One Cataloging Community. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 49(7/8), 676-695.

Goldsmith, M., & Adler, E. (2014). RDA in Israel. Cataloging & Classification Quarterly, 52(6/7), 677-687.

Holt, C. G., & Biella, J. C. (1999). Selected topics on Hebraica cataloging from the Heb-NACO listserv. Judaica Librarianship, 10(1-2), 21-28.

Lerner, H. (2006). Anticipating the Use of Hebrew Script in the LC/NACO Authority File. Library Resources & Technical Services, 50(4), 252-263.

Lovins, D. (2008). The Changing Landscape of Hebraica Cataloging. Judaica Librarianship, 14 1-13.

Weinberg, B. (1994). Ambiguities in the romanization of Yiddish. Judaica Librarianship, 958-74.


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