The Organization of Information, 4th Edition
From those who work in archives to cataloging, indexing to technical services, almost all library specialists need a solid foundation of knowledge regarding the functions of information organization.
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This fourth edition provides an updated look at information organization, featuring coverage of the Semantic Web, linked data, and EAC-CPF; new metadata models such as IFLA-LRM and RiC; and new perspectives on RDA and its implementation.
This latest edition of The Organization of Information is a key resource for anyone in the beginning stages of their LIS career as well as longstanding professionals and paraprofessionals seeking accurate, clear, and up-to-date guidance on information organization activities across the discipline. The book begins with a historical look at information organization methods, covering libraries, archives, museums, and online settings. It then addresses the types of retrieval tools used throughout the discipline—catalogs, finding aids, indexes, bibliographies, and search engines—before describing the functionality of systems, explaining the basic principles of system design, and defining how they affect information organization. The principles and functionality of metadata is next, with coverage of the types, functions, tools, and models (particularly FRBR, IFLA-LRM, RDF) and how encoding works for use and sharing—for example, MARC, XML schemas, and linked data approaches.
The latter portion of the resource describes specific activities related to the creation metadata for resources. These chapters offer an overview of the major issues, challenges, and standards used in the information professions, addressing topics such as resource description (including standards found in RDA, DACS, and CCO), access points, authority control, subject analysis, controlled vocabularies—notably LCSH, MeSH, Sears, and AAT—and categorization systems such as DDC and LCC.
- Provides an essential overview of information organization—a central activity in library and information science—that describes approaches to organizing in libraries, archives, museums, online settings, indexing services, and other environments
- Newly revised and updated to reflect changes in cataloging rules, address new standards, and introduce upcoming changes
- Expands the scope of content relating to information organization in non-library settings
- Features vocabulary and acronym lists at the end of each chapter to help readers stay abreast of new terminology
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- Table of Contents
Chapter 1: Organization of Recorded Information
Chapter 2: Development of the Organization of Recorded Information in Western Civilization
Chapter 3: Retrieval Tools
Chapter 4: Systems and System Design
Chapter 5: Introduction to Metadata
Chapter 6: Encoding Standards
Chapter 7: Resource Description
Chapter 8: Access and Authority Control
Chapter 9: Subject Analysis
Chapter 10: Systems for Vocabulary Control
Chapter 11: Systems for Categorization
Appendix A: An Approach to Subject Analysis
Appendix B: Arrangement of Physical Information Resources in Libraries
Appendix C: Arrangement of Metadata Displays
Appendix D: EAD3 Encoded Finding Aid for Collection Described in Figure 3.10
"The fourth edition of The Organization of Information is an essential text that is worthy of its predecessors."
"The perfect resource. . . . The further I delved into its contents, the more impressed I was by the depth and comprehensiveness of its treatment of the world of information organization in all its aspects. . . . I would recommend this book not only to students of library and information science who are seeking to master cataloging and metadata, but also to library professionals at all stages of their careers who simply need a resource to which they can refer to help navigate a universe that is ever changing and expanding."
"...a foundational work that will serve as an excellent information organization course text in programs of library and information science. It would also serve as a useful desk reference for a librarian or student of library science."
"Provides an essential overview of information organization?a central activity in library and information science?that describes approaches to organizing in libraries, archives, museums, online settings, indexing services, and other environments."