Purpose (Need) for cataloguing :S.R Ranganthan, Charles Ammi Cutter(1876)
What is a catalogue?
a complete list of things; usually arranged systematically
a book or pamphlet containing an enumeration of things
1: make a catalog of
2: make a catalogue, compile a catalogue of something ( http://dict.die.net/catalogue/)
What is a library catalogue?
A library catalogue lists documents forming total holdings of a library. A library is an organized collection of documents (both print and non-print )
A library catalogue is a logically arranged inventory and key to the books (documents) and their contents and it is confined to the books in a particular library.
By definition cataloguing is the process of examining a book, pamphlet, periodical, audio book, videotape, CD-ROM product, software package, or remote access computer file and analyzing its subject content for the purposes of assigning an appropriate classification number and subject headings.
Cataloguing definition Cont’d
2.The process of creating a record for an information source that may contain descriptive information and/or index terms.
Cataloguing is a practical aspect. It deals with the making of a record of all publications available in the library .
The person who prepares a catalogue is a cataloguer. He examines each document so as to record it and also interpret it to meet the different approaches of the potential users of a catalogue. The process of preparing a catalogue constitutes cataloguing.
A cataloguer must posses a thorough grasp of the rules of the catalogue code used.
Need of a library catalogue
Purpose of a library catalogue
Primary function is to record books and other materials in a library to ease the retrieval by staff and users in the best way possible.
According to S.R Ranganathan, the sole function of a library catalogue is to disclose to the readers and staff, all the holdings of the library on their topic of interest.
Objectives of catalogue
According to Cutter(1876), the objectives are:
“ To enable a person to find a book of which
The author or
The title or
The subject is known
To show what the library has
By given uthor
On a given subject
In a given kind of literature
To assist in the choice of a book
As to its edition (bibliographically)
As to its character (literally or topical).”
Research on today’s lecture
Write brief notes on the following:
Explain the significance of a library catalogue in your library.