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ERIC Number: ED413894
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Pages: 44
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The Use of the Rare Book Cataloging Standards in the OCLC Database.
Burns, Mary Ann
In order to produce adequate catalog records for rare books, catalogers concern themselves with detailed transcription of title page information and an exact description of the book. Another concern largely unknown in general cataloging is the tracing of special access points that relate the physical features of a book and terms for persons associated with the book other than the author. The identification and description of these special files often requires considerable scholarship and bibliographical sophistication. Rules for transcription and lists of thesauri terms for use with the MARC format have been in place for at least five years. Librarians have labored to make these standards a reality, but rare book and special collections librarians are plagued by backlogs, the high cost of cataloging, and changing technology--all of which can have a negative impact on the amount of time a cataloger has to create detailed records. Based on a sample of 10% of the rare book records entered into OCLC between 1991 and 1996, this study shows that while the use of rare books standards is fairly strong, the problems outlined above appear to have had an effect on the extensiveness of rare books records entered into the OCLC database. Although nearly half of the sample records were transcribed according to the "Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Books" (DCRB), only 15% used special access points for rare books. Appendices include MARC fields for rare books; chronological history of cataloging and rare books standards; coding sheet for OCLC records; and examples of DCRB transcription rules and construction of special access fields. (Contains 22 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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