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Introduction to Knowledge Organization
Assignment 4 (Due October 20, 2004): Cataloging: Description and

I. Technical Reading of Items to be Cataloged

1.  Choose a book, any book.

2. Read your book technically.   This includes a complete physical
description of the item and all inherent bibliographic characteristics.  
Remember to compare the titles found on various parts of the item.  This
should also include a statement about the subject of the book (based on
your examination of the table of contents, index, and chapter heads).  
Finally, include a statement about the form of the book (i.e., what is it’s
intended use and how does that determine it’s physical makeup?).

3.  Type (or print out) your prose analysis of your "reading" of this book on
8 1.2 x 11 inch paper.  Below is an example of a "technical reading" of the
Rowley text that may be used as a guide.  Do not attempt to create an
AACR2 description of your book.


Technical Reading of Organizing Knowledge

The cover of this paperback gives the title as Organizing Knowledge and
indicates that this is the second edition. The author’s name is given as
Jennifer E. Rowley. The word Ashgate appears in the upper right-hand
corner to indicate the publisher. The spine gives the same title, but
abbreviates the author’s name to "Rowley" and gives only the letter "A" to
indicate the publisher. The rear cover includes the same information as
the cover, and it also includes a summary of the books content, an
abbreviated table of contents, a UPC barcode symbol, and the address in
England of Ashgate. Immediately inside is a half-title page that includes
the title and edition statement only. The title page duplicates the cover.
The verso of the title page gives the copyright date, 1992. It gives the
address of the publisher, typesetting details, and Cataloging in publication
(CIP) information supplied by the Library of Congress, including the ISBN.
The Table of Contents is next, beginning on page "v." The introduction
ends on page "xix" and the first chapter begins on page "3." The running
title is the title proper on the versos; chapter titles on rectos. The book
concludes with a glossary and index, which ends on page 510. There are
illustrations--mostly database screen displays, throughout the text. There
are extensive bibliographical references in "Recommended Reading" lists
throughout the book. The book is about an integrated overview of
information retrieval with a practical approach including records, authors
and titles, subjects, and systems. The work is a textbook, hence it’s
informal bibliographic apparatus (reading lists instead of footnotes) and it’
s paperback format.
II. Description

Create an AACR2 ‘bibliographic description’ of your car (if you don’t own
a car, use a friend’s, or consult your professor for advice). Consult pages
82-85 of Taylor (your result should look like Figure 5.1 on page 84),
Chapters 1 and 10 of AACR2 (or the summary in Wynar chapters 3-5, or
Gorman’s Concise AACR2). Include as many of the eight areas of
description as are applicable:

Area 1: Title and statement of responsibility

Area 2: Edition

Area 3: Material-specific details

Area 4: Details of publication, distribution, etc.

Area 5: Physical description

Area 6: Series

Area 7: Notes

Area 8: ISBN and Terms of availability (price)

Do not use access points (main or added entries or subject headings) or
call numbers.

III. Access Points

For the names below, assume you are a reference librarian who has been
approached by library users for help in finding these names in the library

a.  Look at these names and, based on gut reaction, make a judgment
about where you would look first in the catalog (i.e., under which word).  
List these under each name below.

b.  Using your text book and class notes, decide where each name should
be found according to AACR2R. Find the names in LIU’s online catalog,
using the "List A-Z" function. Give the exact form found (i.e., word order,
spelling, punctuation) following the choices made above.

1. Vinzenz von Beauvais.
2. Shelomo ben Gabirol.
3. Enrique Ruiz Garcia.
4. Museum of Natural History of Los Angeles County.
5. Find Tschaikowsky’s Nutcracker ballet.
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