Monday, December 05, 2005

551/ Organization Questions

551 Final Questions Fall 2005
This was a "take-home" exam from Dr. Bateman.

1. Describe the advantages and disadvantages of using the MARC record to organize documents. Discuss when MARC is appropriate and when it is not (in the context of a library). Give an example of a set of "documents" that you would not organize by using MARC and AACR2 and discuss breifly what your organization method would be for this collection.

2. Outline the process of descriptive cataloging (you do not have to catalog anything, just give a general overview of the process). Include the concepts of ISBD, AACR2, Name authority control, controlled vocabulary and classification in your answer (yes I know that controlled vocabulary and classification are not part of descriptive cataloging, but include them as part of the cataloging process)

3. Controlled vocabulary is expensive to develop and maintain and many of our patrons do not know that it exists or how to use it. Discuss the difference between using full text (I had keyword here before, but full text searching is what you should use in your comparison) and using controlled vocabulary and the advantages and disadvantages of both.

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