Computer technology together with political and economic pressures for interlibrary cooperation are having far-reaching effects on online systems for bibliographic control. This work is a compendium of the current thought on how catalogs of the future can best take advantage of machine capabilities in a networking environment. "The Conceptual Foundations of Descriptive Cataloging" comprises the proceedings of a conference of the same name held at the University of California, Los Angeles, in 1987. The conference stimulated visionary thinking about the future direction of systems for the bibliographic control of information, particularly the future of those systems applying the Anglo-American codes for descriptive cataloging. It presents the general principles underlying the design of bibliographic databases and includes the shape of bibliographic databases in the forseeable future. It covers topics such as the impact of technology on catalogs and catalog codes, design objectives for online catalogs, standardization and integration in bibliographic control, and access to bibliographic information in the online age.
"Practitioners, library school faculty, and bibliographic center personnel have contributed a good mix to this worthwhile volume." --CATALOGING AND CLASSIFICATION QUARTERLY
The Objectives of the Catalog and the Means to Reach Them: P. Wilson, The Second Objective. The Concept of Authorship: Past and Future: A.S. Wajenberg, A Cataloger's View of Authorship. A.B. Piternick, Authors Online: A Searcher's Approach to the Online Author Catalog. Standardization and the Proliferation of Rule Interpretations: B. Tucker, Ask Me No Questions and I'll Write You No RI's. T. Delsey, Standards for Descriptive Cataloging: Two Perspectives on the Past Twenty Years. Main Entry: T. Takawashi, The Japanese No Main-Entry Code. M. Carpenter, Main Entry. The Impact of Technology on Code Design: H.F. Schmierer, The Impact of Technology on Cataloging Rules. J. Duke, Access and Automation: The Catalog Record in the Age of Automation. Bibliographic Structure: J.C. Attig, Descriptive Cataloging Rules and Machine-Readable Record Structures: Some Directions for Parallel Development. B. Tillett, Bibliographic Structure: The Evolution of Catalog Entries: References and Tracings. E.T. O'Neill and D. Visine-Goetz, Bibliographic Relationships: Implications for the Function of the Catalog. Integration: S.S. Layne, Integration and the Objectives of the Catalog. R. Hagler, The Consequences of Integration. Abbreviations and Acronyms. Bibliography. Index.