Abstracts

LRTS v 25, no. 4, October 1981

Monographs in Microform: Issues in Cataloging and Bibliographic Control

Elizabeth G. Mikita

During the last twenty years, microform acquisitions have grown at an incredible rate along with widespread recognition of inadequate bibliographic access to these materials. Local bibliographic control over monographs in microform has been a particular problem -- research libraries have failed to provide cataloging for these materials with the same level of effort and priority accorded to similar materials in hard copy. The magnitude of the microform problem is identified, the history of attitudes and practices regarding the cataloging of microforms is reviewed, and it is suggested that integrated bibliographic access be implemented at local and national levels.

In the Iron Age of Cataloging

Stephen Van Houton

Cutter described the nineteenth-century history of cataloging as the golden age. This metaphor is extended to the twentieth century to elucidate current trends in cataloging, especially those involving the use of the computer. Does the automation of the catalog represent a technological advance that will free us from the difficulties of main entry and provide for Cutter's second object? It is argued that the cataloging tradition of Panizzi, Cutter, and Lubetzky will be even more valid, and that a better understanding of the principles of cataloging will be required in the future.

Problems of Cataloging and Classification in Theater Librarianship

Lee R. Nemchek

Problems in cataloging and classifying theater resources have significantly contributed to the difficulties of theater librarianship. The unsuitability of major existing classification systems for use with theater collections has prompted librarians to seek alternatives to these systems, such as modifications and original theater classifications. Additionally, collections of nonbook, or 'fugitive," theatrical memorabilia are practically impossible to catalog properly, given the desperate financial situation facing many theater collections. Survey data on current practices indicate a strong trend toward standardization of procedures in classifying, yet a continuing diversity in cataloging methods. The coming of computer technology to theater librarianship, along with increased awareness among theater librarians and input from concerned professional organizations, may help alleviate some of these problems in the future.