ERIC Number: ED241020
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
A Dialogue on the Subject Catalogue. J. M. Perreault: "A Representative of the New Left in American Subject Cataloguing." A Review Essay on Sanford Berman's "The Joy of Cataloging" with Response by Sanford Berman. Occasional Paper Number 161.
Perreault, J. M.; Berman, Sanford
Perreault's essay presents a critical review of "The Joy of Cataloging," a collection of 44 essays, addresses, reviews, and letters by Sanford Berman, head cataloger at the Hennepin County Library (HCL) in Edina, Minnesota. Cataloging principles ascribed to Berman include naturalness and fullness of language, file integration, findability (exemplified by a rich multiplicity of added entries), and fairness (nonoffensive, noncritical cataloging). It is asserted that Berman lacks familiarity with general scholarly practice and with the theoretical foundations of cataloging. Berman's attitudes on descriptive cataloging and his attack on Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules, 2nd edition (AACR2) are described, as are his proposals for avoiding subject headings offensive to groups of persons. A case study in Berman's use of nonoffensive cataloging is given, with comments on Berman's lack of concern for systematicity. Also described are Berman's attitude toward the Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) as a system, his views on syndesis and the improvement of subject heading systems, and his opinions on the Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC) system. The style of Berman's book is also reviewed. A series of heated responses by Sanford Berman and J. M. Perreault, a brief editorial comment, and the authors' vitae conclude the publication. (ESR)
Descriptors: Cataloging, Classification, Dewey Decimal Classification, Library Technical Processes, Subject Index Terms
University of Illinois, Graduate School of Library and Information Science, 505 E. Armory Street, 249 Armory Bldg., Champaign, IL 61820. ($3.00 per copy).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Media Staff; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.