It’s flashback time!
This is a set of links I’ve gathered over the years that all relate to catalogers and cataloging. This list has shrunk over time, mostly because pages have succumb to web rot. But at the same time, many of the pages I used to link have been folded into other resources that are still linked. The web is often like the street addresses of an old city. Sometimes the streets change name, or the numbers shift, but if you look hard enough, the houses can still be found.
Document Collections and quick reference
- Links for catalogers (Brigham Young University)
This meta-page points to a variety of useful cataloging resources.
- Cataloguing Cheat Sheets
This is a very useful list of quick-reference documents for a variety of cataloging procedures and issues. I use these a lot.
- Ending Punctuation for Bibliographic Data
This page hasn’t been maintained for a long time, but it still has some useful information about punctuation in bibliographic records. Some of the punctuation rules in cataloging can be tricky.
- ALA-LC Romanization Tables
Romanization tables for many non-Latin alphabets (mostly in PDF files).
- CONSER: Serials Cataloging Issues
An overview of current issues in serials cataloging.
- Collocate and Disambiguate
A blog devoted to issues in cataloging and authority control.
- Distinguishing Cartographic Materials on Computer File Carriers from other Materials on Computer File Carriers
This provides guidelines for cataloging cartographic computer information, and distinguishing it from other types of computer files.
General MARC cataloging resources
At this writing, MARC and AACR2 are still the primary cataloging formats being used by the English-speaking world, but their days are numbered.
- MARC Standards
The definitive reference source for the MARC-21 data format.
- USMARC Concise Format for Holdings Data
How to handle elements of single part, multipart, and serial items, using the MARC format.
- MARC 21 Authority Data Format
Guidelines for using the Marc-21 authority record format.
- MARC code list for geographic areas
- MARC code list for languages
- MARC code list for countries
- Guidelines for the Use of Field 856
Formal guidelines for the use of the 856 field, a MARC tag specifically designed to for storing Internet related information.
- Library of Congress Authority File
The authority database of the Library of Congress (not OCLC), available through a web interface.
Specific Library Collections
- The Big Picture: Visual Browsing in Web and non-Web Databases
A front end for a variety of Web and non-Web Internet accessible databases.
- Gutenberg Project
This is one of the largest collections of Internet text files available, and is arguably the best resource for public domain literature available. This project has been in operation since the early 1990’s, from one server or another.
Other useful resources
- RDA Toolkit
I won’t lie: I don’t like RDA. I understand the need to phase out AACR2 and MARC, and replace it with a more dynamic schema. I do not believe RDA is the best choice for this, because it doesn’t offer viable solutions or alternatives to the problems and shortcomings that the older schemes have. To be fair, though, it did deal with some major issues with authority control.
This one, on the other hand, may be a better choice. Bibframe is more open to emerging linked data technologies, and is easier to customize or scale than RDA.
- The Internet Scout
The Scout is a periodic electronic publication that is useful for keeping informed of developments on the Internet. It is targeted toward librarians and information professionals.
This collection is out of date, and when time permits I will update it. If you know of a resource that I should look into, send me an email:
…with the subject “cataloging link,” and I’ll investigate it. Thanks.