Abstracts

LRTS v 15, no. 2, Spring 1971

Misogynists All; a Study in Critical Classification

A. C. Foskett

In theory, classificationists always avoid critical classification: that is, the introduction of their own bias and prejudices into the schemes they compile. In practice, all the schemes available to librarians reflect to a greater or lesser degree the prejudices of their origins. In some cases it is difficult to see any justification for this; for example, the peculiar attitude toward women shown by many schemes. In other cases schemes reflect perhaps too closely the culture on which they are based. No solution is proposed, but it is important that librarians be aware of the problems.

The Treatment of the American Indian in the Library of Congress E-F Schedule

Thomas Yen-Ran Yeh

The treatment of the American Indian in the Library of Congress Classification: Class E-F is inadequate and out of date. The American Indian is segregated from the United States, the American Indian history is arranged with bias, and the American Indians appear frequently as a savage people. In the last decade, the civil rights movement has gradually changed the nation's attitude toward minorities. The E-F Class needs reasonable revision to reflect this current thinking. This revision could be done in a simple way by adding a few more classes and changing some wordings.

Comments on the Thomas Yen-Ran Yeh Proposals

Eugene T. Frosio

 

Acquisitions in 1970

Ashby J. Fristoe and Rose E. Myers

 

Serials: A Review of 1970

Mary Pound

 

The Year's Work in Cataloging and Classification

Phyllis A. Richmond

 

Developments in Photo Reproduction of Library Materials, 1970

Robert C. Sullivan

 

The Processing Department of the Library of Congress in 1970

William J. Welsh

 

A Systematic Approach to Performance Evaluation of Out-of-Print Book Dealers: The San Fernando Valley State College Experience

Betty J. Mitchell

Acquiring out-of-print books has long been a problem for college and university libraries. This article discusses a plan developed by the Acquisitions Department at San Fernando Valley State College for acquiring o.p. books and for evaluating the dealers who supply them. By establishing a dealer's specialization file by subject, a transaction record, and a summary performance evaluation, it is possible to in-crease appreciably the volume of o.p. titles obtained each year and to purchase them at reasonable prices.

Telefacsimile at Penn State University: A Report on Operations during 1968-1969

W. Carl Jackson

A telefacsimile network links most of the Pennsylvania State University, Commonwealth Campus libraries, which are located throughout the state, with the main library at University Park. These libraries have limited teaching-oriented collections not intended to support individual research. The telefacsimile network enables users of the libraries to have access to the large research collections at University Park. This article discusses the operations of the network for the year 1968-1969, equipment used, problems involved, and costs. It was originally presented at a meeting of the RTSD Telefacsimile Committee at the 1970 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

A Shelflist Conversion for Multi-Library Uses

Edward John Kazlauskas

This article describes the conversion of catalog records to machine-readable form. The Library of Congress card and classification numbers, author entry, title entry, and serial record indicators were key-punched from the shelflist to create the file. Why each of these elements was used is discussed. The conversion system is outlined. Conversion costs and actual and contemplated results are listed.

Handling Changes in Superintendent of Documents Classification

Robert M. Simmons

Documents librarians were recently informed of a significant modification in Superintendent of Documents classification. The notations for all FS classes were changed to HE. In addition, new number designations were assigned to Public Health Service publications. The magnitude of these revisions makes it imperative for documents librarians to develop suitable methods for dealing with this problem. The most satisfactory procedure for handling changes is the complete reclassification of old and new publications to conform with newly assigned notations. This method insures that the publications for each agency will be located together on the shelves and that closely connected series will not be split.