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About Cataloguing

About Cataloguing

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  • 1. Lecture 1: Introduction and definition of key concepts
    • Definition: catalogue, library catalogue, Cataloguing, cataloguer
    • Purpose (Need) for cataloguing :S.R Ranganthan, Charles Ammi Cutter(1876)
  • 2. 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 (
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. Cataloguing definition
    • 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.
  • 5. 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 .
  • 6. A Cataloguer
    • 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.
  • 7. Need of a library catalogue
    • For retrieval
    • For inventory
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. 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
  • 10.
        • 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).”
  • 11. Research on today’s lecture
  • 12. Revision Questions
    • Write brief notes on the following:
      • Catalogue
      • Library catalogue
      • Cataloguing
      • Cataloguer
    • Explain the significance of a library catalogue in your library.