ERIC Number: ED464652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
The Creation and Persistence of Misinformation in Shared Library Catalogs: Language and Subject Knowledge in a Technological Era. Occasional Papers.
"Occasional Papers" deal with varied aspects of librarianship and consist of papers that generally are too long or too detailed for publication in a periodical, or are of specialized or contemporary interest. This latest volume in the series is a detailed look at the causes of and cures for the two fundamental types of misinformation found in bibliographic and authority records in library catalogs: that arising from linguistic errors, and that caused by errors in subject analysis, including missing or wrong subject headings. Bibliographic and authority records with such misinformation enter shared databases in several ways; all are originally the work of human agents. The author, a cataloger at the University of Chicago's Joseph Regenstein Library, makes the case for getting it right the first time through strict self-review and cooperation among catalogers. Not simply an indictment of current cataloging practices, this paper raises awareness of how the mistakes happen in the first place and suggests specific preventions, making it required reading for beginning and experienced catalogers alike. (Contains 33 references.) (Author/AEF)
Descriptors: Academic Libraries, Bibliographic Records, Cataloging, Classification, Higher Education, Information Technology, Library Catalogs, Library Technical Processes, Shared Resources and Services
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. Graduate School of Library and Information Science.