ERIC Number: ED090909
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973
Reference Count: N/A
Cataloguing Practices in Australian Libraries.
Hine, Janet D.
A survey sought to compile comprehensive information about the cataloging codes, classification schemes, subject headings lists, and filing rules used in Australian libraries. Questionnaires were sent to 112 libraries, and 98 returns were received, included in the sample were national, state, public, university, college, and special libraries. Results indicated that the typical Australian library: (1) did its descriptive cataloging according to the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules; (2) followed closely the American Library Association Rules for Filing Catalog Cards; (3) classified books by the latest edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification; and (4) used the most recent edition of Subject Headings Used in the Dictionary Catalogs of the Library of Congress to complete its subject cataloging. It was decided that Australian librarianship owed a great deal to developments abroad, particularly those which occurred in the United States. In addition, it was also concluded that Australian libraries were adhering to reasonable international standards which made possible cooperative projects, library networks, and the creation and use of large data bases without at the same time imposing an artificial uniformity which was insensitive to local user needs. (PB)
Descriptors: Cataloging, Classification, Filing, Information Storage, International Programs, Libraries, Library Cooperation, Library Networks, Library Science, Library Standards, Library Surveys, Library Technical Processes, Subject Index Terms
James Bennett (Collaroy) Pty. Ltd., 4 Collaroy Street, Collaroy, N.S.W. 2097 ($2.80 Aust.)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Library Association of Australia, Sidney.
Identifiers - Location: Australia