ERIC Number: ED061958
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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New Code, Old Problems; A Critical Discussion of Some Aspects of the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules (1967).
There is a fairly large body of literature on the 1967 Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR). Much of the adverse criticism which this literature contains is concerned with comparatively unimportant shortcomings of the code. This paper is a discussion of what the author considers to be some of the more serious defects. Several suggestions are made for improving the Code: (1) to avoid ambiguity, the rules in a catalog code must be based on a carefully controlled vocabulary; (2) a code should be based on stated principles; () rules for the selection of main entry headings should be more strictly adhered to; (4) inconsistency in rules determining the structure of main entries must be eliminated; and (5) a catalog code should be as brief as possible. The overall effectiveness of a code depends to a large extent on the effectiveness of its arrangement. The fact that the scope of some rules is not clear makes it difficult to assess the comprehensiveness of the AACR, but it is probably the most comprehensive code for author/title cataloging in existence. (Author/SJ)
Library, North East London Polytechnic, Romford Road, London E15 4LZ, England
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Authoring Institution: North East London Polytechnic (England). Library.