ERIC Number: ED105840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1975-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
To Close of Not to Close: Desuperimposition and the Future of the Catalogs. Report of the Subcommittee on the Future of the Catalogs, Committee on Bibliographical Control. Phase I.
Pratt, Virginia; And Others
Faced with an old and increasingly complex card catalog and with proposed changes in the Library of Congress (LC) cataloging system, the Subcommittee on the Future of the Catalogs at the University of California, Berkeley (UCB) Library considered methods for dealing with these joint problems of catalog renovation and "desuperimposition"--the LC policy for changing all corporate or personal name entries to conform to the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules. Recognizing that the immediate abandonment of the card catalog was not feasible, the committee formulated three short-range options: (A) to continue the existing author/title catalog with some split files under superimposed and desuperimposed headings; (B) to continue the existing catalog transferring files to new desuperimposed headings; and (C) to start a new catalog. A was rejected, but B and C were further considered in terms of costs, machine-based cataloging, serials, the subject catalog, authority files, and physical space considerations. A majority of the committee recommended option B. Other recommendations were made for immediate actions and for future research. (SL)
Descriptors: Cataloging, College Libraries, Cost Effectiveness, Higher Education, Indexing, Library Automation, Library Catalogs, Library Planning, Library Technical Processes, Policy Formation, Serials, Space Utilization, Subject Index Terms
Library Photographic Service, University of California Library, Berkeley, California 94720 ($5.00)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Univ., Berkeley. Univ. Libraries.