Radical Cataloging : Essays at the Front

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-31
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This collection of critical and scholarly essays addresses the state of cataloging in the world of librarianship. The contributors, including Sanford Berman, Thomas Mann, and numerous front-line library workers, address topics ranging from criticisms of the state of the profession and traditional Library of Congress cataloging to methods of making cataloging more inclusive and helpful to library users. Other essay topics include historical overviews of cataloging practices and the literature they generate, first-person discussions of library workers' experiences with cataloging or metadata work, and the implications behind what materials get cataloged, who catalogs them, and how. Several essays provide a critical overview of innovative cataloging practices and the ways that such practices have been successfully integrated in many of the nation's leading libraries.

Author Biography

K.R. Roberto is the serials/electronic resources librarian at the University of Denver. Roberto is the co-editor of Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out(2003).

Table of Contents

Preface: What Does "Radical Cataloging." Mean, Anyway?p. 1
Introduction: Cataloging Reform, LC, and Mep. 5
Cataloging in Context
The Existential Crisis of a Catalogerp. 13
A Hidden History of Queer Subject Accessp. 18
Cataloging in Non-Roman Scripts: From Radical to Mainstream Practicep. 28
Ubiquitous Catalogingp. 40
The Genre Jungle: Organizing Pop Music Recordingsp. 53
Playing Fast and Loose with the Rules: Metadata Cataloging for Digital Library Projectsp. 69
This Subfield Kills Fascists: A Highly Selective, Slightly Irreverent Trip Down Radical Cataloging Literature Lanep. 75
We Criticize Because We Care
Ranganathan's Forgotten Law: Save the Time of the Catalogerp. 83
OCLC: A Reviewp. 85
Latina Lesbian Subject Headings: The Power of Namingp. 94
Swine - Juvenile Literature?: Good Cataloging vs. Good Public Servicep. 103
Cults, New Religious Movements, and Bias in LC Subject Headingsp. 106
(The English Word) That Dares Not Seek Its Namep. 110
Folk Art Terminology Revisited: Why It (Still) Mattersp. 112
Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic: A Drowning Cataloger's Call to Stop Churning the Subject Headingsp. 126
Who Moved My Pinakes? Cataloging and Changep. 141
The End of Prohibitionp. 148
North American Indian Personal Names in National Bibliographiesp. 150
Useful Catalogingp. 165
What Is Going on at the Library of Congress?p. 170
Innovative Practices
Don't Class Me in Antiquities! Giving Voice to Native American Materialsp. 189
Teaching the Radical Catalogp. 198
Browsing Bergman, Finding Fellini, Cataloging Kurosawa: Alternative Approaches to Cataloging Foreign Language Films in Academic Librariesp. 206
User-Centered Serials Catalogingp. 214
"Why Isn't My Book on the Shelf?" and Other Mysteries of the Libraryp. 228
AACR2 - Bendable but Not Flexible: Cataloging Zines at Barnard Collegep. 231
CE-MARC: The Educator's Library "Receipt"p. 241
Dr. Strangecataloger: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tagp. 246
Drawing Reference Librarians into the Foldp. 251
MARC: It's Not Just for Cataloging Anymorep. 255
"Respect My Authoritah": Eric Cartman and Enhanced Subject Accessp. 265
High-Speed Cataloging Without Sacrificing Subject Access or Authority Control: A Case Studyp. 269
Monographic Collections Structure and Layout Revisions: Or, How to Tweak LC Call Numbers for the Good of Your Usersp. 277
Cataloging Heresyp. 291
Talkin' the Cataloging Blues: The Poetry of Albert Huffsticklerp. 300
About the Contributorsp. 305
Indexp. 309
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