According to Lotka's Law, the percentage of authors producing one journal article in a particular field is 60.79 percent. Knowing the same figure for personal authors in the card catalog would be useful in planning for AACR 2. Two card catalogs of varying size were sampled, and it was found that approximately two-thirds of all personal authors have only one entry in the card catalog. A further sample of personal author entries for new titles revealed that over a six-month period about one-half of these entries are new to the catalog. The implications of these findings for the adoption of AACR 2 are discussed.
Successful workshops require careful planning. This article offers suggestions concerning important elements of the plan: the organization of the planning committee; the planning of the program; definition of the topic and the purpose of the workshop; the statement of objectives; the audience; format; timing; selection of the site; registration; publicity; selection of speakers; contracts; budgets; and the evaluation questionnaire.
In early 1975, the research library community was surveyed concerning its adoption and application of the Anglo-American Cataloging Rules (AACR 1) for determining entry and heading. Participating libraries reported overwhelmingly that they had accepted AACR 1 as a cataloging standard. They described the techniques used for adopting AACR 1, the application of superimposition, and local variations and exceptions regarding specific provisions of the rules.
Planning for preservation involves an estimate of the proportion of the collection needing attention. The authors designed a simple rating scale and applied it to a sample of books in Western European literature at the University of Michigan. Findings indicate that a large portion of this particular section is seriously deteriorated.
This report describes a meeting of the technical committee on micrographics (TCI 71) of the International Organization for Standardization. The meeting, which was the first one to be held by the committee in its current form, took place in Paris, France, June 11-15, 1979. The report focuses on the committee's work relating to the reproduction of library materials within the general context of international standards-making activities.
The Library of Congress will adopt numerous new subject headings when it closes its card catalogs in 1981. Libraries without subject authority control need to take steps to prevent the problems caused by having both obsolete and new subjects in their card catalogs. Three methods -- Standard, Interfiling, and Split Files -- are offered for preserving card catalog integrity. Tools and routines for subject maintenance are discussed. Each library must decide its own approach, but a minimum of subject control is recommended for libraries not switching to on-line catalogs in the near future.
A plea to maintain high standards in card catalogs until they are closed.