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The Organization of Information, 3rd Edition Hardcover – Aug 25 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Libraries Unlimited; 3 edition (Dec 23 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1591585864
  • ISBN-13: 978-1591585862
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 3 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 Kg
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #609,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"With chapters on the many complex methods one must deal with to maintain the integrity of original documents, items, and other important subjects, The Organization of Information is complete and comprehensive in its application. The Organization of Information is enhanced with bibliographies, indexes, glossaries, and more, making it an absolute must for any archive which wants to serve its purpose well." - The Midwest Book Review

"While the text covers the theory, principles, standards, and tools behind information organization in all types of environments, the main focus is on libraries. The text has been reorganized and extensively updated throughout, including new and expanded material on indexing, abstracting, archival finding aids, museum databases, metadata models, XML and XML schemas, the future of MARC, discovery interfaces to information systems, next generation catalogs, new metadata standards (DACS, CCO, CDWA, and FRBR), bibliographic relationships and authority control, the aboutness of an information resource, issues related to tagging, the nature of categories and classification, and clustering." - Reference & Research Book News

"This work is highly recommended for anyone seeking to know more about the organization of information." - ARBA --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Arlene G. Taylor is professor emerita, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, and author of several works on cataloging and classification and authority control. She has received ALA's Margaret Mann Citation in Cataloging and Classification and the ALA Highsmith Library Literature Award.

Daniel N. Joudrey is assistant professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, Simmons College, Boston, Massachusetts, where he teaches information organization and cataloging. His research interests include aboutness determination, subject access to information, and cataloging education.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcd9894) out of 5 stars Not very clear. Better, perhaps, for those with some previous cataloging experience. May 8 2014
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As a student nearly finished with her ALA accredited MLIS, I felt that this was not a clear textbook. There were frequent editing issues that, at times, made comprehending the material distracting or, at worse, difficult. The lack of examples and flow made it difficult for me, personally, to feel I learned from the book. While I am aware of the discussion/debate about terms and meanings such as "cataloging" and "metadata," many of the other terms in the book are not solidly defined and terms with variations are not used with a consistent tone for better comprehension. This book may work better for those that have some previous experience in cataloging or metadata. I would not suggest it for those that learn better with examples, as the book tends to try and write out many explanations that could have better been conveyed with comparative illustrated examples. As the subject matter largely covers digital cataloging and metadata, encoding standards,and systems and system design, visual examples of entries would be of greater help than attempting to write a description of an entry out. I would not consider this a textbook for beginners/novices.
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HASH(0x9dcd9ae0) out of 5 stars Complete and comprehensive in its application April 13 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on
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More and more information comes into the world every day, and if it can't be managed, there is little point to it. Now in an updated and expanded third edition, "The Organization of Information" is a library science manual focusing on the modern advancements and how they affect libraries and other key compounds of information. Libraries, archives, museums, even the internet are all discussed in the forms they are used to store the massive amounts of information and data the world produces. With chapters on the many complex methods one must deal with to maintain the integrity of original documents, items, and other important subjects, "The Organization of Information" is complete and comprehensive in its application. "The Organization of Information" is enhanced with bibliographies, indexes, glossaries, and more, making it an absolute must for any archive which wants to serve its purpose well.
HASH(0x9dcd9d20) out of 5 stars Great Overview on Library Topics March 2 2016
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This is one of the first books that I've used for my MLIS degree that I've started recently. I'm actually really enjoying reading it. The writing is presented in a way that isn't boring or hard to read and it's one of the few books that I've been required to read for school that actually keeps my attention and doesn't make me want to take a nap. The points discussed in it are interesting and I like the lists of suggested readings at the end of each chapter.
HASH(0x9dcd9ec4) out of 5 stars Solid Introductory Text Nov. 23 2015
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Though it's not a page turner (what textbook is?), this is a really solid introduction to cataloging and information organization. It was the most useful of my MLIS textbooks by far and one I'll keep as a reference for a long time to come.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9dcd9d98) out of 5 stars Great Library Science Textbook Feb. 3 2011
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I purchased this textbook for a class on Information Organization. Although the content is detail-heavy and is not meant to be read cover to cover, it is a good resource that student librarians, information professionals, and those interested in the subject will be satisfied with. Topics include the history of cataloging and classification, information retrieval systems, metadata, subject analysis, and authority control. The Semantic Web and the future of information organization on the internet are also discussed throughout the text.