Radical Cataloging: Essays at the Front

Radical Cataloging: Essays at the Front

by K.R. Roberto (Editor)

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Overview

This collection of critical and scholarly essays addresses the state of cataloging in the world of librarianship. The contributors, including Sanford Berman, Thomas Mann, and numerous front-line library workers, address topics ranging from criticisms of the state of the profession and traditional Library of Congress cataloging to methods of making cataloging more inclusive and helpful to library users.
Other essay topics include historical overviews of cataloging practices and the literature they generate, first-person discussions of library workers' experiences with cataloging or metadata work, and the implications behind what materials get cataloged, who catalogs them, and how. Several essays provide a critical overview of innovative cataloging practices and the ways that such practices have been successfully integrated in many of the nation's leading libraries.
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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786435432
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 04/19/2008
Pages: 321
Sales rank: 982,704
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

K.R. Roberto is the serials/electronic resources librarian at the University of Denver. Roberto is the co-editor of Revolting Librarians Redux: Radical Librarians Speak Out (2003).

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



Preface: What Does “Radical Cataloging” Mean, Anyway? 1

K. R. ROBERTO

Introduction: Cataloging Reform, LC, and Me 5

SANFORD BERMAN



I. CATALOGING IN CONTEXT

The Existential Crisis of a Cataloger 13

BETH THORNTON

A Hidden History of Queer Subject Access 18

MATT JOHNSON

Cataloging in Non-Roman Scripts: From Radical to Mainstream Practice 28

BELLA HASS WEINBERG

Ubiquitous Cataloging 40

BRADLEY DILGER and WILLIAM THOMPSON

The Genre Jungle: Organizing Pop Music Recordings 53

MICHAEL SUMMERS

Playing Fast and Loose with the Rules: Metadata Cataloging for Digital

Library Projects 69

JEN WOLFE

This Subfield Kills Fascists: A Highly Selective, Slightly Irreverent Trip Down Radical Cataloging Literature Lane 75

BRIAN HASENSTAB



II. WE CRITICIZE BECAUSE WE CARE

Ranganathan’s Forgotten Law: Save the Time of the Cataloger 83

JENNIFER YOUNG

OCLC: A Review 85

JEFFREY BEALL

Latina Lesbian Subject Headings: The Power of Naming 94

TATIANA DE LA TIERRA

Swine—Juvenile Literature?: Good Cataloging vs. Good Public Service 103

JOHN SANDSTROM

Cults, New Religious Movements, and Bias in LC Subject Headings 106

TRACY NECTOUX

(The English Word) That Dares Not Seek Its Name 110

CAROL REID

Folk Art Terminology Revisited: Why It (Still) Matters 112

JOAN M. BENEDETTI

Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the Titanic: A Drowning Cataloger’s Call to Stop Churning the Subject Headings 126

CHRISTOPHER H. WALKER

Who Moved My Pinakes? Cataloging and Change 141

TINA GROSS

The End of Prohibition 148

CAROL REID

North American Indian Personal Names in National Bibliographies 150

FRANK EXNER, LITTLE BEAR

Useful Cataloging 165

CHRIS DODGE

What Is Going on at the Library of Congress? 170

THOMAS MANN



III. INNOVATIVE PRACTICES

Don’t Class Me in Antiquities! Giving Voice to Native American Materials 189

KELLY WEBSTER and ANN DOYLE

Teaching the Radical Catalog 198

EMILY DRABINSKI

Browsing Bergman, Finding Fellini, Cataloging Kurosawa: Alternative Approaches to Cataloging Foreign Language Films in Academic Libraries 206

MICHELLE EMANUEL and SUSANNAH BENEDETTI

User-Centered Serials Cataloging 214

WENDY BAIA

“Why Isn’t My Book on the Shelf?” and Other Mysteries of the Library 228

ROBIN FAY

AACR2—Bendable but Not Flexible: Cataloging Zines at Barnard College 231

JENNA FREEDMAN

CE-MARC: The Educator’s Library “Receipt” 241

TOM ADAMICH

Dr. Strangecataloger: Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Tag 246

JENNIFER ERICA SWEDA

Drawing Reference Librarians into the Fold 251

DANA M. CAUDLE and CECILIA M. SCHMITZ

MARC: It’s Not Just for Cataloging Anymore 255

DANA M. CAUDLE and CECILIA M. SCHMITZ

“Respect My Authoritah”: Eric Cartman and Enhanced Subject Access 265

DANIEL CANNCASCIATO

High-Speed Cataloging Without Sacrificing Subject Access or Authority

Control: A Case Study 269

CARRIE PRESTON

Monographic Collections Structure and Layout Revisions: Or, How to

Tweak LC Call Numbers for the Good of Your Users 277

BRIAN R. THOMPSON

Cataloging Heresy 291

A. ARRO SMITH

Talkin’ the Cataloging Blues: The Poetry of Albert Huffstickler 300

SYLVIA MANNING



About the Contributors 305

Index 309

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