ERIC Number: ED175391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Final Report of the Ad Hoc Subcommittee on Subject Analysis of African and Asian Materials. Subject Analysis Committee, Cataloging and Classification Section, Resources and Technical Services Division, ALA.
Zuckerman, Arline; And Others
Six general recommendations reflect the findings from this final report on subject analysis of African and Asian library materials: (1) more specificity of headings, especially subdivisions and unique terms, are needed; (2) more attention should be given to Asian and African materials, using available expertise; (3) efforts to eliminate offensive terms and to avoid Western orientation in establishing new terminology should be continued; (4) more guidance should be given to catalogers, and thus to library users, through increased history and scope notes made available through the depository set, Library of Congress (LC) Subject Headings, and LC Names Headings; (5) use of appropriate local term for culture specific concepts and, conversely, use of English for concepts with multi-cultural status when appropriate English term exists, accompanied by cross-references should be attempted; and (6) guidelines to established principles should be widely distributed and consistency of application heavily encouraged. More specific suggestions are provided in the accompanying individual subject area reports on East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, Middle East and North Africa, and Africa (south of the Sahara). Also included is the brief, open-ended questionnaire used in the study, as well as numerous Africa-related responses received. (Author/JD) and LC Names
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Library Association, Chicago, IL. Resources and Technical Services Div.
Identifiers: Africa; Asia