Monday, March 24, 2003

Research

The Creation and Persistence of Misinformation in Shared Library Catalogs: Language and Subject Knowledge in a Technological Era by David Bade.
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." Author David Bade--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.
This sounds interesting, I'll try to get a copy once it is published.

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