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Searching easter eggs: Access Points

  1. 1. LIB 630 Classification and Cataloging Spring 2012Searching forEaster Eggs:Access Points
  2. 2. 2 Access points?• access point – A unit of information in a bibliographic record under which a person may search for and identify items listed in the library catalog or bibliographic database. Access points have traditionally included the main entry, added entries, subject headings, classification or call number, and codes such as the standard number, but with machine-readable cataloging, almost any portion of the catalog record (name of publisher, type of material, etc.) can serve as an access point.
  3. 3. 3 Plain English, please?• An access point – is a feature of a work that someone might be likely to choose in order to be able to find that work • e. g. Title, author, other names associated with the work (publisher, corporate body, etc.), subject, keyword, classification number, etc.
  4. 4. 4 Access point: Main entry• Comes from card catalog days – One card designated as the one to have all the information about a book • ODLIS: – “The entry in a library catalog that provides the fullest description of a bibliographic item, by which the work is to be uniformly identified and cited. In AACR2, the main entry is the primary access point.” • main entry
  5. 5. 5 Form of the main entry• Traditionally by author – The most important thing about a book was that there was a person responsible for it. • Thus, card catalogs were arranged first and foremost alphabetically by author (where one could be found) • e.g.
  6. 6. 6 Main Entry Example• Siegenthaler, Kathrin – Hopper‟s Easter surprise / by Kathrin Siegenthaler and Marcus Pfister ; illustrated by Marcus Pfister ; translated by Rosemary Lanning. - New York : NorthSouth, 2009, c1993. 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 30 cm.  See Standard format for a card catalog entry , part of Idaho‟s Alternative Basic Library Education (ABLE) Course 5: Introduction to Technical Services and Cataloging for other examples
  7. 7. 7 A “real” main entry cardOCLC Catalog Cards 8 Card Appearance and Card Packs
  8. 8. 8 Main entry as source for Cutter• What is a “Cutter number”? – Cutter numbers primarily distinguish among books by the same author. A librarian uses a table (e.g., the Cutter-Sanborn Three-Figure Author table that the Cutter family owns) to look up the correct Cutter. – Cutters usually consist of the first letter of the author‟s last name and a series of numbers that makes sure books end up placed on shelves alphabetically, usually by title. • Catalogers decide numbers following the Dewey Decimal
  9. 9. 9 Cutter numbers• Cutter? Among his other contributions to the wonderful world of librarianship, Charles Ammi Cutter devised a way to assign an alpha-numeric code for authors last names. Use of this system allows all books within a particular Dewey Decimal number to be arranged alphabetically on the shelf, usually by title. Catalogers try to assign distinct numbers for each name. The Cutter Number from Dewey Decimal in the UIUC Bookstacks
  10. 10. 10 Let’s go Cuttering!• Cutter numbers The cutter number for a book usually consists of the first letter of the authors last name and a series of numbers. This series of numbers comes from a table that is designed to help maintain an alphabetical arrangement of names. Conley, Ellen C767 Conley, Robert C768 Cook, Robin C77 Cook, Thomas C773 What if the library has several works by the same author? How do we keep the call number unique? To do that a work mark or work letter is used to distinguish the various works of a single author. Cook, Robin Acceptable Risk 813.54 C77a Cook, Robin Fever 813.54 C77f – http://frank.mtsu.edu/~vvesper/dewey2.htm#Cutter
  11. 11. 11 Do school librarians go “Cuttering”?• Depends on the size of the LMC – Most often they will use just the 3-letter abbreviation (or something similar). Cutter
  12. 12. 12 Why do they call it a Personal names heading? Because the “access point” on a catalog card• How do we write them? was the heading, or the header on the top of the – Concise AACR2: card, by which they were filed in the catalog • General Rule: cabinet. – Rule 31A Choose, as the basis for the heading [i.e. access point], the name by which the person is commonly known. It may be the person‟s real name, pseudonym, nickname, title, name in religion, initials, or any other type of name.
  13. 13. 13 A personal subject• Easter Bunny – People believed that Easter Bunny or Easter rabbit or Easter hare is said to reproduce very quickly and hence, they were the symbols of fertility and fruitfulness. – In fact, they represented „new life‟ during the spring festival—Easter. Easter Bunny History has a non- religious face since its conception as a holy celebration in the second century. This festival was celebrated by the ancient Anglo-Saxons, in order to commemorate their Goddess, Eostre or Ostara, of offspring, fruitfulness and of springtime. • Easter Bunny History
  14. 14. So what’s the actual subject 14 heading?
  15. 15. 15 Titles as access points• Problem of varying titles for essentially the same work:
  16. 16. 16 Solution?• Create a “uniform title” – “A uniform title is the specific title by which all variations of a work that has appeared under varying titles and which has no identifiable author are to be referred to for cataloging purposes. A Uniform Title Main Entry search can be useful in finding such works. Examples include the Bible, the Bhagavad- Gita, the Epic of Gilgamesh, Aesop’s Fables, the Arabian Nights, etc.” • Uniform Title Main Entry Search: Help
  17. 17. 17 Uniform title rule• Concise AACR2: – Rule 59 Individual Titles • 59A. If you use a uniform title, choose the title by which the work is best known. Decide this by consulting reference sources (including other catalogues) and other manifestations of the same work. If you are in doubt as to which title is best known, use the earliest title. • 59B. Choose the title in the original language, unless you are cataloguing an older work originally written in a nonroman alphabet language [Greek, Russian, etc.]
  18. 18. 18Uniform title for our 1997 New Testaments?
  19. 19. 19AACR2 Rule for Uniform Title and Bible?AACR2: Summary of rules on personal and geographic names
  20. 20. 20 Other access points• Keywords vs. subject headings – Keywords: the actual words used in the record (from the title, author, notes, etc.), where the meaning of the words is less important, just that they‟re there. – Subject headings: Words selected from an official list that indicate what the record is about, where the meaning is important (the words used in the subject headings may not even appear in the record).
  21. 21. 21 Differences• Keyword search on Easter Bunny Notice the numbers!
  22. 22. 22 Using a subject heading search• Easter Bunny as the subject Notice the numbers!
  23. 23. 23 Geographical Headings• Difficulties with geographical names: – Firstly, there are a number of homonym geographical proper names • e.g. out of the seven most important cities called London, three are located in the U.S. [ and one in Ontario, Canada] and there is an island called London too – Secondly, there is a great variety of types of geographical names – Thirdly, the same geographical place can have [different] names in different languages • Geographical names as access points for retrieving database records. Theory and practices of a library regulation Abstract from Hungarian Library Review.
  24. 24. An Irish geographical 24 dilemma• Ireland, Eire or what? – Concise AACR2 rule 46A: • Give the name of the place found in (in this order of preference): 1) current English-language gazetteers and atlases 2) other current English-language reference sources –
  25. 25. 25 Example• Ireland, not Eire
  26. 26. 26 Access points in Follett Destiny• Basic search: Possible access points
  27. 27. 27 Access points in Follett Destiny Dropdown boxes enable you to choose or• Power search: combine access points of Keyword, Title, Author, Subject, Series, or Note
  28. 28. 28 Access points in Follett Destiny• Visual, providing selections of topics:
  29. 29. The End

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