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Dissertation Information for Kul B. Gauri

NAME:
- Kul B. Gauri

DEGREE:
- Ph.D.

DISCIPLINE:
- Library and Information Science

SCHOOL:
- Case Western Reserve University (USA) (1983)

ADVISORS:
- Phyllis A. Richmond

COMMITTEE MEMBERS:
- Conrad H. Rawski
- Sarah Scott Gibson
- Robert C. Davis

MPACT Status: Fully Complete

Title: A STUDY OF CONFERENCE PUBLICATION RECORDS IN OCLC: SOME IMPLICATIONS FOR THE FORMULATION AND APPLICATION OF CATALOGING RULES

Abstract: cataloging rules have been based on objectives set forth by Charles A. Cutter, users' needs, and the nature of material to be cataloged, and formulated using deductive method. These elements appear to have a mutually conflicting rationale. The consensus approach used in their formulation, because of these conflicts, has introduced flexibility and permissiveness--factors not conducive to consistent application of the rules.

The objective of this study was to investigate the performance of a set of rules in the current shared cataloging environment in an effort towards providing empirical support to the formulation of the rules. The rules on choice and form of headings of the 1967 Anglo-American Catalosing Rules (MCR 1) for cataloging conference publications were selected.

Bibliograaphic records of eighty-two conferences of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE), retrieved from the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) database, comprised the data. The prescribed corporate name search strategy was used to retrieve these records. There were 404 logical and 723 total
records contributed by 107 cataloging sources for these Conferences in the database.

Only forty records in eleven conferences showed inconsistent and/or variant headings in tne conference names proper. Of these, thirty eight could be attributed to "biased" cataloging by cataloging sources, and the other two to the design of the title pages. The equivocal contents of the rules were responsible for a large number of inconsistencies in the numbering of conferences, and place/institution where conference was held in the headings.
The year conference held was most easily ascertainable and correctly assigned element in the headings.

Various elements in the headings were not normalized because thepe were either considered insignificant, or extra time and effort were required in ascertaining their correct forms. Normalization considered essential for collocation, even though feasible, was not accurately and consistently accomplished It was found that unequivocal contents of rules, ascertainableness of elments in the prescription and construction of headings and cost-benefit considerations were important factors in the application of the rules. These factors should be taken into consideration in the
formulation of cataloging rules.


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